Newsletter Nr. 4 - December 2015

 
 
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EDITORIAL

The COP21 in Paris in December 2015 marks a turning point in the fight against climate change. On this occasion, the Centre Virchow-Villermé is committed, with other partners, to the promotion of health as an important argument in the negotiations on climate change. On December 11 the conference "Healthy Lives on a healthy Planet : What is Next for research and Policy" will be held at le Bourget (Paris). Three MOOCs will be broadcasted on the topic and a research group focusing on climate change communication was launched this year at CVV. 

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Three MOOCs highlighting the impacts of climate change on health

High-profile institutions such as the Lancet and IPCC have repeatedly provided warnings of the consequences of climate change on human health, yet this topic remains unfamiliar and undiscussed to most today. Raising awareness of this public health issue and communicating within and between countries all over the world is crucial in tackling the negative effects of climate change on human health. To address this issue, the CVV have developed under the guidance of visiting Professor Rainer Sauerborn (University of Heidelberg, IPCC expert), three different MOOCs targeting the topic of the impacts of climate change on human health.

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MOOC - NEWS

 
 
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Upcoming :

Global Health History (Prof James L.A Webb)

 
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CVV receives a grant for #MOOCLive, a MOOC Factory for Public Global Health (IDEFI-N, ANR)

 
 

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ClimCom : An Interdisciplinary Working Group Examining the Communication of Climate Change and Health

The CVV has assembled an interdisciplinary research team to investigate the treatment of climate change and health among scientists, policymakers, and the public. The project consists of three separate reviews aimed at analyzing current knowledge, gaps in understanding, and communication between the three groups of critical involved parties in the climate change debate. 

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Berlin Initiative Study continues

The Berlin Initiative Study (BIS) is a population-based cohort study exploring the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in old age. The BIS was started in 2009 and has been going on since then. The main motivation for initiating this cohort is the general lack of data about older adults and especially with regard to chronic kidney disease (CKD).

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EXPERTISE IN GLOBAL HEALTH

 
 
Report - “Women, as Actors in Addressing Climate Change”

Professor Yves Charbit, member of the CVV, played an active role in the drafting of an important report on Women, as actors in addressing climate change, which was handed to Laurent Fabius on October 16th.

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Climate Change and Global Health : CVV Raises Awareness at the World Health Summit 2015

The issue of climate change and its effects on health was a priority of the World Health Summit, held from 11 to 13 October in Berlin. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, said during the opening ceremony in front of 1,000 participants that it is now urgent to consider the consequences of climate change on health. A few weeks before the COP21 in Paris from 30 November to 11 December, the Centre Virchow-Villermé of Public Health Paris-Berlin, who has been mobilized on the subject for several months, proposed a series of awareness actions for negotiators.

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Paris WHO 2015 World Health Assembly Simulation : overview

The CVV provided grants to enable students from German universities to travel to Paris to participate in the first annual ParisWHO 2014 World Health Assembly Simulation, organized by masters students from the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP).

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Global health Workshops : results are online

Results and recommendations of a four-part workshop series of the Centre Virchow-Villermé were summarized in a booklet: “Global Health Challenges: how are France and Germany are responding?” Copies can be downloaded online. 

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ZOOM : PERSPECTIVE COP21

 
 
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How is the emergence of vector infectious diseases influenced by climate change ?

The question of the impact of climate change on infectious diseases is still discussed, even- though mortality from infectious diseases has been declining around the world for a century. Without claiming that climate change would be the only cause of this increase in frequency ‒ and sometimes intensity ‒ of emerging infectious vector diseases, several studies suggest that it may play a decisive role.

By Antoine Flahault 

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"The best thing for policy makers would be to include health in the cost-benefit calculation of climate action"

Interview with Rainer Sauerborn, Invited Professor at the Centre Virchow-Villermé and Chair of public Health at Heidelberg University. 

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History view - "Climate and Disease in French dictionaries of Medicine, 1813-1924."

Until the beginning of the twentieth cen- tury, atmospheric conditions were viewed by physicians as a major determinant of epidemics and infectious diseases. Patrick Zylberman, Professor of health history at the French School of Public Health (EHESP), gives examples of this much-discussed is- sue picked up in nineteenth-century French dictionaries of medicine.

By Patrick Zylberman 

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