A growing body of epidemiological evidence links climate hazards to adverse maternal, newborn and child health outcomes, ranging from gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia to preterm births, to development of respiratory diseases and negative effects on learning and family function. A deeper understanding of the complex consequences the climate crises has on women, newborns, children and adolescents, and on sexual reproductive health, rights and access to services, especially for particularly at-risk populations is critical for developing targeted interventions and policies to reduce the anticipated adverse effects and ensure equitable climate adaptation and mitigation.
On 21 November 2023, WHO-UNICEF-UNFPA launched a joint call to action on the impacts of climate change on maternal, newborn and child health. At the same event, PMNCH and partners released an advocacy brief on the impact of climate change on the health of women, newborns, children and adolescents. Both statements are a call for action to ensure that the needs of women, newborns and children are addressed in efforts to address climate change.
This webinar was organized by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, PMNCH, IBP Network and HRP.