Probably seeing this matter of urgency World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that it will have – ‘Protecting Health from Climate Change’ as the theme for the World Health Day in 2008 . World Health Day takes place on 7 April annually and its purpose is to raise awareness of key global public health challenges. World Health Day 2008 will mark the 60th anniversary of WHO.
It is a step forward to advocate and push for allocating more resources for combating climate this. As per WHO media release, health and well being of populations must become the defining measure of the impact of climate change and our efforts to address it effectively. Climate change is gradually becoming a central part of planning future projects and top on the international agenda and it is becoming clearer that sustainable development leads to healthy environments and enhanced public health.
There is an immediate need is to strengthen surveillance and control of infectious diseases, safer use of diminishing water supplies, and take action on health emergencies. But more focus as always should be on prevention as the old saying goes ‘Prevention is better than cure’.