The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for focused action to address climate change to promote health outcomes. Recommendations include concerted efforts to reduce carbon emissions, build climate-resilient and sustainable health systems and protect health from the impacts of climate change.
There is also a decline in the treatment coverage for tuberculosis between 2019 and 2021, and a stall in the world’s progress to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like hypertension and adult obesity.
“Climate and Health” is featured as a separate chapter in the latest edition of the World Health Statistics Report, published by the WHO on Friday. This underlines its importance as a major driver of health outcomes in coming years, WHO officials said.
The 131-page annual compilation of health statistics, while providing a birds-eye view on the progress made on global health metrics, also highlights how the world is not on track to achieve the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.
"The world is off track to reach the sustainable development goals. Unless we pick up the pace, we risk losing countless lives that could have been saved, as well as failing to improve the quality of life for all."
Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General for Data, Analytics, and Delivery for Impact at WHO
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