Climate stressors have pervasive impacts, among which the impact on the health populations across the world continues to expand. This has recently come into even sharper focus with COVID-19.
Extreme heat and water scarcity together, for instance, are already creating havoc in cities like Cape Town and Chennai, while vector-borne, and water-borne diseases like dengue, malaria, gastroenteritis and typhoid continue to affect thousands of cities globally. Apart from their obvious impacts on the physical health of the population, with the oldest, youngest, and other vulnerable groups facing the greatest threats, such climate stressors also have serious mental health ramifications.
November 6-18, 2022
The world will come together in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for COP27, amid growing urgency to tackle the climate crisis. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is expected to focus on the need to implement climate pledges, scale up climate finance, and address the adaptation needs of developing countries. COP27 will bring together leaders and national delegations, representatives from businesses, multilateral institutions, civil society and youth. The World Bank Group will be there taking part in discussions and live events over two weeks.
Watch this space for a listing of events and set reminders to join us live.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed structural weaknesses in health systems worldwide and negatively impacted individuals, societies, and economies. In the pandemic’s wake, political leaders and everyday people alike recognize the importance of resilient health systems that can prevent, prepare for, respond to, and learn from infectious outbreaks and other shocks while continuing to deliver quality essential health services. But urgent questions remain. Which features of a health system are most important for achieving resilience? How can countries—especially poor ones—build resilient health systems? Which investments should countries prioritize to make their systems resilient to future challenges?
Thursday, November 3rd- 8-9AM EDT
This new World Bank report, “Change Cannot Wait: Building Resilient Health Systems in the Shadow of COVID-19,” builds on previous work, leverages new research, and considers countries’ frontline experiences during the pandemic. It presents a new framework for making health systems resilient, shows how countries can build them, and where countries and partners can target investments to improve health outcomes.
East Asia prides itself on rapid economic progress over the past few decades with millions lifted out of poverty. Between 2008 and 2018, real per capita GDP in the region grew at an average rate of 6.7 percent per year, significantly above the global average of 1.5 percent. Yet the extent of progress on poverty is exaggerated by the fact that poverty thresholds are set too low compared to other countries at similar income levels. This leads to policies which do not do justice to the scale of the problem. New numbers released by the World Bank using global benchmarks underscore this point.
Domestic food price inflation remains high around the world. Information between May to September 2022 shows high inflation in almost all low-income and middle-income countries; , with many experiencing double-digit inflation. The share of high-income countries with high food price inflation has risen to 85.7%.
The war in Ukraine deepened the global economic slowdown, which is now in its steepest decline following a post-recession recovery since 1970.