Journal of Research in Medical Sciences

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-

Encouraging collaborative efforts between environment and health sector to arrest climate deterioration


Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava, Jegadeesh Ramasamy 
 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Encouraging collaborative efforts between environment and health sector to arrest climate deterioration.J Res Med Sci 2017;22:59-59


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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Encouraging collaborative efforts between environment and health sector to arrest climate deterioration. J Res Med Sci [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jan 28 ];22:59-59
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Sir,

The desire and necessity to live in a clean environment has become an important determinant for a healthy living and global development.[1] It is predominantly due to the millions of deaths attributed to environmental hazards and climate alterations.[1],[2] In fact, the recently available estimates indicate that 25% of global deaths occur because of the environment-related causes.[2],[3] At the same time, millions of disability-adjusted life years have also been lost due to the morbidities and premature deaths.[2] It is vital to acknowledge that failure to protect the population from environmental risks not only accounts for lives but also even puts a massive burden on the health-care delivery system.[1],[3]

Moreover, it would not be wrong to say that people living in low-resource settings have been exposed to the greatest burden of the environment-origin diseases.[3] The air that we breathe has been one of the basic needs for survival; nevertheless, air pollution accounts for more than 6 million deaths each year from a wide range of morbidities.[2] The demographic projection suggests that by the middle of the 21st century, two-third of the world's population will be residing in urban areas, which are extensively exposed to the threats of pollution, traffic, substandard housing, and multiple other health risks.[2],[3]

Owing to the complicated nature of the risks posed to health, it is very difficult to address the problem with the support of a single stakeholder.[2] In fact, environment-related many goals and targets have been incorporated in the recently adopted sustainable development goals and the accomplishment of the targets essentially depends on the collaboration and long-term efforts of the sectors involved.[2],[3] However, realizing the absence of any mechanism to facilitate the collective working of environment and health sector on the global scale, the government of Morocco has adopted the Marrakech Declaration.[2] This declaration calls for all the appropriate United Nations agencies to collaborate together and develop a mechanism to promote collaborative actions between multiple sectors.[2] Subsequently, some of the national governments have taken measures to establish a linkage between environment, climate, and health sectors to expedite implementation of joint strategies.[2]

To conclude, there is a great need for different sectors to develop collaborative action plans and implement the same to ensure halt of environment deterioration and enhance the output of specific measures for longer periods.

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References

1Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Preventing diseases through promotion of a healthier environment: World Health Organization. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:364-5.
2Chan M, Solheim E, Taalas P. Working as One UN to Address the Root Environmental Causes of Ill Health; 2016. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/commentaries/2017/one-un-environmental-health/en/. [Last accessed on 2017 Jan 05].
3Prüss-Ustün A, Wolf J, Corvalán C, Neira M. Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments. A Global Assessment of the Burden of Disease from Environmental Risks. Geneva: WHO Press; 2016. p. 1-26.