Program

 
 

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.


 
 

Speakers

 
 
 
 
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