CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH
– with the Hong Kong Observatory and CUHK Climate Change and Health Study Group
Whilst scientific literature has indicated that climate change causes adverse impact on human health, limited studies has been conducted to understand the consequences of climate change on health outcomes, risk perceptions and related behaviors in Asian urban communities. CCOUC aims to produce scientific evidence to advance the global understanding of the health impact of climate change in Asian communities. Its ultimate mission is to enhance community capacity to mitigate the adverse human health impact of climate change. Asia, being the most populous continent, with the highest income inequalities and the most significant increase in meteorological disasters for the past century, is severely lacking in effective, evidence-based policies, to mitigate the adverse human health impact of climate change.
To study the health impact of ambient temperature change, rainfall, and sea-level rises, research methodologies include statistical modeling of variables such as morbidity outcomes and infectious disease, and the investigation of the relationship between health, urban planning, risk perception, and attributes relevant to disaster preparedness and resilience. The team is currently in research collaborations with the Climate Change and Health Study Group of The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
For more information, please visit the Climate Change and Health Study Group page.
CCOUC Presenting Temperature Impact at Oxford University
Climate change and health in Asian urban setting – Study Overview
(edited from the Li Ka Shing Foundation Global Health Programme at the University of Oxford)
GUANGXI TRAIN-THE-TRAINERS PROGRAMME
– with the Health Bureau of Guangxi Province
Since Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, NGOs in China are assuming significance in view of their wider engagement in civic and development initiatives. The earthquake had an important social impact, galvanizing NGOs to respond collectively to a large-scale disaster for the first time in the history of the PRC in what is sometimes referred to as the “NGO Spring”. Having said that, there is a capacity gap as many practitioners lack the skills and experiences in managing disaster risks and post-disaster relief works.
To strengthen partner NGOs’ capacity to develop, manage and sustain their own disaster mitigation programmes, CCCOC has obtained funding from CUHK’s Knowledge Transfer Project Fund to conduct a series of Training-of-Trainers (ToTs) workshops with NGO workers in Sichuan and Guangxi provinces, China in 2013 and 2014.
Thorough training needs assessment will be conducted in Guangxi in March 2013.
AMS Capacity Building Program in Community Disaster Response:
Psychological First Aid training [COMPLETED]
– with Auxiliary Medical Service
CCOUC completed a community knowledge-transfer project with the Hong Kong Auxiliary Medical Services (AMS) in 2011. The project included a review of the psychological preparedness and resilience, as well as mental health intervention response capacity of frontline AMS members, which was submitted to AMS at the completion of the project.
The collaboration was well-received, and resulted in the training of over 700 Auxiliary Medical Service members in Psychological First-Aid, and the delivery of evidence-based mental health intervention during health emergencies and mass-gathering events.
Future knowledge-transfer projects are under development including the provision of PFA training for more AMS members as identified as a desired training programme during the review.
This project started in February 2011 and was completed in December 2011.