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Adaptation costs for climate change-related cases of diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition, and malaria in 2030

03 September 2012, AfriCAN Climate
URL: http://www.africanclimate.net/en/publications/adaptation-costs-climate-change-related-cases-diarrhoeal-disease-malnutrition-and


This article estimates costs of treating diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition (stunting and wasting only), and malaria in 2030 under three climate scenarios using (1) the current numbers of cases; (2) the projected relative risks of these diseases in 2030; and (3) current treatment costs. The analysis assumed that the number of annual cases and costs of treatment would remain constant. There was limited consideration of socioeconomic development. The costs of treating diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, and malaria in 2030 were estimated to be $4 to 12 billion. This is almost as much as current total annual overseas development assistance for health. The article concludes that investment needs in the health sector to address climate-sensitive health outcomes are large. Additional human and financial resources will be needed to prevent and control the projected increased burden of health outcomes due to climate change.

 
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