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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a research institution with an international presence and collaborative ethos, focused on improving health worldwide. It has around 3,500 staff conducting research in over 100 countries and approximately 4,700 students. The Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health is part of the institution, established to respond to the challenge of a changed planet, including health system research.

The school acknowledges that humanity's impact on the environment has begun a new era for the Earth, and all life on it, known as the Anthropocene. This epoch poses complex and unpredictable challenges, including global heating, planetary-scale pollution, escalating urbanization, ecosystem collapse, and mass extinction. These pressures present monumental threats to human health, and public health impacts are unevenly distributed.

Humanity has the ingenuity and resilience to adapt, innovate, and co-operate in this new era, reordering our lives and priorities to ensure balance between our needs and the planet's. Collaboration is essential, as time is against us. The institution aims to harness humanity's potential for adaptation, innovation, and co-operation by shaping health policy and translating research findings into tangible impact. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, renowned for its research, postgraduate studies, and continuing education in public and global health.

Supporting the following commitments:

  • Conduct climate change and health vulnerability and adaptation assessments (V&As) at population level and/or health care facility level.
  • Develop a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) informed by the health V&A, which forms part of the National Adaptation Plan.
  • Set a target date by which to achieve health systems net zero emissions (ideally by 2050).
  • Deliver a baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of the health system (including supply chains).
  • Develop an action plan or roadmap by a set date to develop a sustainable low carbon health system (including supply chains).

Country experience:

United Kingdom, The Gambia., Uganda, Kenya, South Africa

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