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A public health approach to the impact of climate change on health in southern Africa - identifying priority modifiable risks

J Myers, T Young, M Galloway, P Manyike, T Tucker


Anthropogenic climate change and anticipated adverse impacts on human health as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are taken as given. A conceptual model for thinking about the spectrum of climate-related health risks ranging from distal and infrastructural to proximal and behavioural and their relation to the burden of disease pattern typical of sub-Saharan Africa is provided. The model provides a tool for identifying modifiable risk factors with a view to future research, specifically into the performance of interventions to reduce the impact of climate change.

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J Myers, University of Cape Town

T Young,

M Galloway,

P Manyike,

T Tucker,

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Climate change; health;

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(11):817-820.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-09-02
Date published: 2011-11-01

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