Healthcare experts call for action on climate change and inequality

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Global health leaders discussed the challenges of climate change and widening inequality during the closing keynote sssion, ‘Climate Change, Social Determinants of Health: Leading Recovery and Preparing for the Future’.The speakers were Prof Jan Semenza, lead of the Health Determinants Programme, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in  Sweden, Professor Prof Sam Shah, founder & director, Faculty of Future Health in the UK, Dr Hans Kluge, regional director for Europe, WHO in Denmark and Hal Wolf, president and CEO, HIMSS, US. 
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It is predicted that climate change will cause around 250,000 additional annual deaths between 2030 and 2050. The combined effect of climate change, and increasing inequality, could lead to a more divided world. This could exacerbate the impact of social and environmental determinants of health, for example, clean air; safe drinking water; sufficient quantity and quality of food; secure shelter; and access to quality health and care services.
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Professor Jan Semenza said climate change would impact health: “Extreme weather events such as heat or rising sea levels are modulated by a number of vulnerabilities, or factors, such as the human capital in …

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