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WHO Operational Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems

This document presents the WHO Operational Framework for Building Climate-Resilient Health Systems. The framework provides practical guidance on how the health sector, and its operational basis in health systems, can systematically and effectively address the challenges increasingly presented by climate variability and change.

The objective of the framework is to guide health systems and public health programming in increasing their capacity to protect health in an unstable and changing climate. By implementing the 10 key components outlined in the framework, health organizations, authorities, and programs will be better equipped to anticipate, prevent, prepare for, and manage climate-related health risks.

Least developed countries and countries in the process of developing the health components of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) may find this document particularly useful in their efforts to design a comprehensive response to the risks presented by short-term climate variability and long-term climate change.

Intended users

Public health professionals and health managers; Decision-makers in other health-determining sectors, such as nutrition, water and sanitation, and emergency management; International development agencies working on investments and country support for public health, health system strengthening and climate change adaptation.

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