Jun 1, 2012

Climate change and human health: Indian context

by
Singh PK, Dhiman RC
,
Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
  • Reviews the issue of climate change and health in the Indian context
  • Analyses the importance of climate change, which leads to an estimated loss of above 2.5 million DALYs in southeast Asia and mortality due to heat waves
  • Analyses air quality related respiratory diseases, disasters due to excessive floods, malnutrition due to reduction in rice, maize and sorghum crops etc
  • Reviews the latest work undertaken in India, vis-a-vis current scenario and discusses the need for further work has been discussed
  • States there is need for further studies on assessing the impact on dengue and chikungunya as the transmission dynamics of these diseases involve water availability, storage and lifestyle, etc.
  • Highlights uncertainties and knowledge gaps in the studies undertaken so far