HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT

CamWHO Theme

 

Each year, CamWHO is based around a central theme.  This year, your organising committee has chosen Health & Environment. Before attending the conference, we will help you learn all about this topic through 

  • an in-depth theme guide

  • talks and seminars in the months leading up to the event

  • workshop that summarises the main points

Beyond that, it is up to you to do some reading and decide how the role that you have been assigned stands on various aspects of health & environment, and what their interests may be in the simulation. 

Health & Environment

 

The environment we live in heavily influences the health status of individuals, communities, and the world. Variable rainfalls endanger food security, rising sea levels threaten coastal areas, and pollutants increase the risk of noncommunicable diseases. The strong connection between health and the environment has never been more apparent than in the face of the climate crisis. Many infectious diseases are predicted to benefit from rising temperatures and new rainfall patterns, risking further epidemics and higher vulnerability to infection. An increasing number of floods will contaminate freshwater supplies, cause destruction and endanger people's livelihoods. From 2030 to 2050, climate change is predicted to cause over a quarter of a million deaths. The majority of the burden will be borne by low- and middle-income countries. 

In this year's CamWHO we want to explore the major challenges of global health in times of climate change, and pass innovative resolutions towards resilient health systems. In our theme guide, we will discuss a range of integral areas relating to environmental determinants of health, including:

  • Food security

  • Urban environment

  • Diseases

  • Environmental pollution

  • Resilient healthcare systems

  • Social inequities