CaribClimate Podcast: Balancing Health, Climate and Gender

Climate change has numerous health impacts that are not always obvious at first glance. For example, in the Caribbean region, longer periods of warm, dry conditions followed by rainfall provide ideal weather conditions for outbreaks of dengue fever. Water quality can be impacted both by water scarcity, but also by extreme rainfall events. To compound all this, the health concerns connected to climate change have different impacts on men, women, children, the elderly, people living with disabilities and other groups. Public health planning with a focus on climate resilience has to include all impacted groups, taking into mind their specific considerations.

Anna Stewart Ibarra, Scientific Director of the IAI, Avriel Diaz, Executive Director of Walking Palms Global Initiative and Willy Dunbar, research associate at Florida International University, discuss in this podcast the results of their research on human exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and the role of gender in disease control and prevention. The research was part of the Caribbean Regional Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience, in a study led by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).

You can listen to the program here