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Climate Emergency and Health – Nvtg Congress

November 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Climate Change is already impacting human health and is bound to get worse. Worldwide people are facing the effects of environmental change in their daily lives because a lack of clean air, safe drinking water, secure shelter and insufficient food.
Extreme heat contributes directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Globally the number of weather-related natural disaster disasters more than tripled over the past fifty years, among others resulting in increasing levels
of malnutrition and undernutrition and in forced migration heightening the risk of mental disorders and communicable diseases. Climatic conditions strongly affect water- and vector-borne diseases.

Measuring the impact of these changes can only be approximate and while all populations will be affected by climate change, some are more vulnerable than others. The Paris Agreement in 2015 definitely was a major political step in reducing the
risks of climate change, however the (health) impact of climate change hugely exceeds the progress we are making. Time to act is now.

Morning Sessions

This symposium aims to take stock of progress and to look at promising responses to alter the current scenario. In the morning plenary session prominent scholars on the intersect of climate change and health will give an overview of up-to-date knowledge on climate/health, present evidence and possible solutions to emerging issues in the debate: Prof Sir Andy
Haines (London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), Prof Maarten van Aalst (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre), Dr Marzella Wüstefeld (World Health Organization), and Prof Pim Martens (Maastricht University). Anneke Wensing, activist and change-maker chairs the morning programme.

Afternoon Sessions

Abstract presentations organised by Uniting Streams.

  • Session on the interface between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & climate change by Share-Net
  • A presentation of the Netherlands Knowledge Agenda on Climate and Health by Dr Maud Huynen (International Centre for Integrated Assessment and Sustainable Development/ICIS, Maastricht University).
  • A discussion on the role of cuttingedge technology in times of climate change crisis by Dr Md. Nadiruzzaman (International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh).
  • Sessions organized by the Netherlands Red Cross on climate change, environment & health, and climate change, health and conflict.
  • In an interactive session TROIE, the society for medical doctors in global health and tropical medicine, will look at ways to reduce waste in clinical settings.


Early online registration (until 6 October 2019): www.nvtg.org. The early registration fee is only valid for participants who have completed payment before 6 October 2019 Late registration (after 6 October 2019): online at www.nvtg.org or at the symposium information desk on 6 November 2019. The number of participants may be limited: register in time!


Registration and payment: follow the instructions on the NVTG site: www.nvtg.org/wat-we-doen/symposium

Call for abstracts!

(For Uniting Streams and Share-Net sessions) During the afternoon programme parallel sessions will be reserved for oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. Researchers of all seniority, including (PhD) students, are invited to submit abstracts in English describing original field research in any subject of global health, including but not limited to: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), poverty- related diseases (malaria, HIV, TB, etc.), neglected tropical diseases, medical sociology / anthropology, entomology, health economics, health policy and health systems research. Early career researchers (Master or PhD students) are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. Oral presentations will be selected on the basis of abstract quality.

Abstracts should be submitted in English; for an abstract form see www.unitingstreams.org and www.share-net.nl. Please send completed forms to unitingstreams@gmail.com before 25 September 2019. Accreditation pending.


NVTG members

  • Professionals in the field of global health, tropical medicine, humanitarian assistance
  • Professionals from universities, research and knowledge institutes
  • (PhD) Students in Global Health


Rode Hoed is located in the city centre of Amsterdam (Keizersgracht 102), at 15 minutes walking distance from the Central Station. See www.rodehoed.nl for directions.


November 6, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Rode Hoed
Keizersgracht 102
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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