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Health opens the activities of the workshop “The impact of climate change on infectious diseases”

Health opens the activities of the workshop “The impact of climate change on infectious diseases”

The Ministry of Health and Population opened the workshop “Climate Change and Infectious Diseases: From Expectations to Preparedness”, organized by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and hosted by the city of Sharm el-Sheikh since May 21 to 23, within the framework of the “European Union on health security”.

Dr. Mohamed Hassani, Deputy Minister of Health and Population in charge of Public Health Initiatives Affairs – during a speech he delivered on behalf of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population – spoke of the role of the ministry in the organization of this workshop, which constitutes an important step because it is the first time that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has chosen to host it outside the European continent, this which confirms the strong and fruitful cooperation between the European Center and the Ministry of Health and Population, and also reflects. Egypt’s shared commitment to global health security.

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Hassani highlighted the fruitful cooperation resulting from Egypt’s effective participation in the “European Union Initiative on Health Security Workshops”, exchanging important knowledge and strategies to combat various health threats and infectious diseases , and highlighting the practical implications of these efforts, emphasizing that knowledge exchange is vital to averting the growing threat that climate change poses to public health.

He stressed that this workshop constitutes an important platform for experts and workers in the health sector to analyze and research the risks of climate change and infectious diseases, explaining that almost half of the world’s population resides in areas exposed to these risks, which confirms the urgency of taking urgent measures to strengthen our health systems and our societies in the face of these risks.

Hassani continued that the cooperative efforts deployed between countries strengthen the achievement of the objectives aimed at the flexibility of public health systems in the future, noting that the objective on which we are working in the coming period is to anticipate the potential impacts and take all proactive measures, according to executable plans that strengthen the capacity of health systems to prepare to protect communities.

Hassani noted that the emergence or re-emergence of infectious diseases is no longer just a public health problem, but has become a clear indicator of our environmental interactions, such as temperature and precipitation which have become critical determinants in the spread diseases.

Hassani highlighted the importance of strengthening strong communication networks among public health professionals around the world, explaining that the challenges we face have no limits and that proposed solutions must live up to their value, noting that the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices helps improve our ability to anticipate, detect and respond to health threats exacerbated by climate change.

Jonathan Sok, chief expert at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, added that climate change poses a growing threat to health security and is an important driver of changing modes of transmission of infectious diseases, highlighting the he importance of adaptation and preparation strategies needed to prepare. and respond to new and expected challenges facing public health due to climate change.

It is worth noting that the workshop agenda addresses the effects of climate change on disease transmission and response to resulting risks, sharing historical perspectives, case studies and future expectations , as well as the exchange of experiences and good practices, in the presence of experts from the European Union and the European Union. Southern Neighborhood Region, and representatives of the Ministry of Health and Population, its affiliated agencies and partner organizations, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

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