Now that the world's attention is increasingly focused on climate-change adaptation, it is essential for the health community to better understand the role that climate plays in driving disease burdens and affecting human health, according to the Director General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan.
With this in mind, the IRI, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University organized the Summer Institute 2008 on Climate Information for Public Health. Thirteen professionals from nine countries completed the intensive two-week course, during which they learned how to use climate knowledge to make better decisions for health-care planning and control of climate-sensitive diseases. The Summer Institute included a series of expert presentations and seminars, opportunities for participants to discuss collaborative intersectoral operational and research efforts with each other and expert facilitators, and also to gain hands-on experience with analytic tools. Currently, the Summer Institute team is starting to plan for SI 2009 while using the experience gained in SI 2008 to support a series of training efforts in Colombia, Niger and Ethiopia.
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About the IRI The IRI works on the development and implementation of strategies to manage climate related risks and opportunities. Building on a multidisciplinary core of expertise, IRI partners with research institutions and local stakeholders to best understand needs, risks and possibilities. The IRI supports sustainable development by bringing the best science to bear on managing climate risks in sectors such as agriculture, food security, water resources, and health. By providing practical advancements that enable better management of climate related risks and opportunities in the present, we are creating solutions that will increase adaptability to long term climate change.
The IRI was established as a cooperative agreement between NOAA's Climate Program Office and Columbia University. It is part of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and is located at the Lamont Campus.
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