Adapting infectious disease policy to climate change

Current health policies don’t take climate change into account – new research suggests introducing adaptation assessments to reduce associated risks.

While public health policy is well-versed in reducing the risks of infectious disease, it is less prepared for the impacts of climate change. Recent research suggests a five-step approach that is based on the handbook for vulnerability, impact and adaptation assessment, and tailored to suit the country or community involved.

The assessment emphasises the value of learning by doing, with on-going monitoring and evaluation helping to inform the strategy as it develops.