The human cost
of climate change.


Climate change is widely acknowledged as a key global challenge for the 21st century and is projected to significantly affect population health and human well-being.

Weather and climate affect the key determinants of human health: air, food and water. They also influence the frequency of heatwaves, floods and storms as well as the transmission of infectious diseases. Extreme weather events often directly affect populations physically but also take a toll on the mental wellbeing of populations.”

This session explores the impact of climate change on human health and discusses how equity in our health systems will be vital for our adaptation process.



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Janine McGruddy

CEO climate change health international

Janine leads the Christchurch, New Zealand based social enterprise with the vision of: “Empowering the best minds on the planet to develop adaptations and disaster resilience measures to mitigate global climate change health challenges.”


Charles Egwuba

PhD student of health science at the University of Canterbury

Charles is a public health professional. He also lectures and coordinates the Global Health HLTH111 course at the University of Canterbury. Charles has previously volunteered with USAID, UNICEF and the British Red Cross in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.


Fazeela Mohamed

PhD in health science at University of Canterbury

Ms Fazeela Mohamed is presently the head of research department at MIC, Maldives. She is specialized in hospital management, healthcare administration and research. Fazeela has worked in executive level in funded projects by International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, World Health Organization, Bloomberg and International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Society. Throughout her career, she has worked at different levels in diverse organizations – both government and non-government organizations.