Desertification and public health sessions


Co-Conveners: Nadav Davidovitch, BGU, and Maya Negev, University of Haifa

Desertification is a multifaceted environmental and health challenge in drylands. It is expected to significantly worsen, leading to a further increase in surface temperature, solar radiation, soil moisture and dust storms. The combined impact of climate change and desertification is expected to have deep influences on public health, from food insecurity, water pollution to the spread of infectious diseases and increase in mental health problems especially among vulnerable populations. This panel will discuss the various health effects, taking case studies from various countries and regions.



Adetoun Mustapha
Nigerian Institute for Medical Research and Imperial College,London, England
Prof. Colin MacDougall
Flinders University, Adelaide Australia
Prof. George Ogendi
Department of Environmental Science, Egerton University, Kenya
Prof. Samuel Dorevitch
School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Mr. Victor Kanyema
Partners in Health, Neno District, Malawi