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Studying health impacts associated with the Live With Water project

What is the policy problem?

Under an optimistic scenario of continued future socio-economic development and adaptation to climate change, a recent study published by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated climate change induced mortality at 250,000 additional deaths per year due to coastal flooding, heat, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria, dengue and chronic malnutrition in the years 2030 to 2050. In terms of geographical distribution, adverse health impacts of climate change are projected to be greatest in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In parallel to these changes induced by global climate change, rapid urbanisation puts strains on existing infrastructures in urban centres, including storm-water drainage systems and rainwater retention basis. The combination of both, changing rainfall patters and rapid urbanisation, result in urban flooding even becoming more common in large cities in low- and middle-income countries such as Dakar, Senegal.

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