Climate Change Impacts on Human Health in Philippines

Climate change impacts on human health are increasing!

Wait!

Before I explain to you the climate change impacts on human health, I just want to share what our family has experienced.

I really wanted to write about this topic because of the incident that happened to our family. My father got sick, and after him, my mother.

It always comes back every other day.

When I called them and ask about their health situation, they would say that it’s because of the weather condition. Its January already and in our hometown and in the province of Samar and Leyte there has been a downpour of rain every day.

According to my mother, many of our neighbors got sick because of this prolonged rainy days.

What has the PAG-ASA projected?

In my research about climate change adaptation, I found

climate change impacts scenario
Courtesy: DILG, PAG-ASA 2011 Climate Change Scenario in Philippines

these climate change scenarios in the Philippines based on their report.  The projection is for 2020-2050 and it is based relative on the years 1971-2000.

Seasonal Temperature Change – increase in temperature all throughout the country (Philippines). It is expected that all areas in the Philippines will get warmer.

Increase in Rainfall – there will be an increased rainfall in Luzon and Visayas.

Download the full report here.

Going back.

What is the effect of climate change on health?

A report was published from UN about climate change impacts human health.

According to their report, there would be a tremendous effect on certain groups of people like pregnant women, elderly and children.

Infectious disease is also sensitive to climate change especially water-borne diseases like diarrhea.

Malaria is also influenced by climate change.

There is also an increasing variable rainfall pattern which affects the water supply. If there is lack of clean water supply, this would increase the risk of diarrhoeal disease.

Based on WHO factsheets:

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.

Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.

The report, A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change (Full Report) itemizes the following impacts to climate change on human health.

Accounting for climate change impacts on human health.

Climate change has been a threat in the 21st century.

In developing country like the Philippines, these things are likely to happen.

The effect of climate change such as extreme rainfall can affect the transport of disease-causing organisms into the water supply thus would lead to water and food-borne diseases. In addition, there is a correlation of dengue to rainfall in the Philippines (ADB, 2011).

climate change impacts on human health
Courtesy: ADB, Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change

We are on the brink of Earth’s Final Crisis.

These things happening today are just signs.

We will experience more of this in the years to come.

These are just among the many climate change impacts to human health.

I know there are other things to list.

It’s just that I don’t have the time to list everything here.

Everything is widely observed.

All we got to do is to prepare ourselves.

Do you have something to say about climate change impact on human health?

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