WHO publishes guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities

As our climate changes, health systems and health care facilities come under mounting pressure, making it harder for health professionals to keep people healthy from increasingly severe climate impacts.

New WHO guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities provides health professionals and health care facility managers with key tools and interventions to strengthen health care facilities in the context of climate change. The aim is to enable health care facilities to anticipate, respond to, recover from and adapt to climate-related shocks and stresses, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and leveraging opportunities to restore and improve it.

Healthcare facilities are the frontline in protecting lives – but too often they are vulnerable to extreme weather events and long-term climate change. This guidance equips health planners, facility managers and financial investors to understand how to make them resilient to climate risks, and to reduce their environmental

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