Last Tuesday, March 28, the first regional report on climate change and health of Lancet Countdown South America was launched. The document represents the collaboration and work of 28 researchers from 21 academic institutions and UN agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), within the framework of an initiative led by the Center of Excellence in Climate Change and Health (CLIMA) of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, regional center of the global Lancet Countdown.
The document offers data and results for the 12 countries of South America, through 25 indicators, grouped into five key areas and working groups: section 1 refers to impacts, exposure and vulnerability to climate change; section 2, to adaptation and resilience plans for health; section 3, to mitigation and health co-benefits; section 4, to economics and finance linked to climate change and health; and section 5, to the necessary public and political commitment.
The report features the participation of Carolina Gil Posse, Associate Director of Programs and Communications at Health Without Harm Latin America, one of the authors of the document as part of Working Group V, which analyzes indicators on public and political engagement.
Lancet Countdown South America works to ensure that health is at the heart of governments' climate agenda. Among other things, it seeks to ensure that policymakers have access to high-quality, evidence-based guidance, and that health professionals have the tools they need to improve public health.
To access the executive summary of the report (in Spanish), click here
To access the full report (in English), click here