2023 was officially named the hottest year on record, marked by scorching heat waves across the globe. With heat waves projected to increase in both frequency and intensity, preparedness and risk reduction become more crucial to mitigate impacts and save lives. The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) asked Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) National Societies […]
2023 was officially named the hottest year on record, marked by scorching heatwaves across the globe. As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are projected to rise, it is crucial to prepare and reduce risks to save lives. The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) asked National Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Societies to reflect on
This case study captures experiences of Burkinabe Red Cross working Risk Communication for Early Warning Early Action using the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). The case study was developed under the IFRC Alert Hub Initiative.
Hope amid the heat: Volunteers like Fatema Khatun help neighbors through sweltering heatwaves in Bangladesh
This story was originally published on the IFRC website, along with a video story. As the sun blazes mercilessly over Bajakajla Slum in Rajshahi City, Bangladesh, Fatema Khatun vividly remembers her childhood when the weather was different, and life was more comfortable. “When I was in primary school, the temperature was not so high, we
The rise in extreme temperatures due to climate change is generating a direct impact on human health, ranging from dehydration, heat cramps, heat strokes, increased mental illnesses, to renal and cardio-pulmonary diseases, and even premature death. Moreover, extreme heat is also generating indirect impacts as it “can alter human behavior, the transmission of diseases, health
2023 Heat Action Plan developed by Nepal Red Cross Society for the city of Nepalgunj. The Heat Action Plan (HAP) provides a framework for implementing, coordinating and evaluating extreme heat action across different timescales in Nepalgunj to minimize the negative impacts of extreme heat on the health and livelihood of the city’s residents.
The health and productivity of the workforce in Bangladesh is under increasing threat in a warming world. In this commentary, Lucia Letsch, Shouro Dasgupta and Elizabeth Robinson consider how policymakers can ensure workers are protected from extreme heat while pursuing sustainable development pathways. Climate change is already inflicting harm on the labour force in many
Extreme heat is deadly, on the rise globally, and its toll can be reduced. Despite the growing adverse impacts, there is a lack of global awareness, risk analysis, and action to combat heat risks. The Global Disaster Preparedness Center of the American Red Cross, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and the Global Heat
Examining relationships between extreme heat and migration/ displacement and human mobility in Zacapa, Guatemala
This research is carried out by Dr. Edgar Miguel López Álvarez, MD1, Prof. Gabriel Andre Azurdia Mijangos2, Luis R. Torres-Hostos, PhD3, Anna Erwin, PhD4, Rubén A. Mazariegos, PhD5 with funding support from the Global Disaster Preparedness Center. This research examines the relationships between extreme heat and migration/ displacement/ human mobility, using a mixed quantitative and
This research is carried out by Bethwel Mutai 1 with funding support from the Global Disaster Preparedness Center. Although heat-related disasters have risen worldwide, lack of reliable and consistent climate datasets and standard detection metrics in Africa can easily downplay not only the existence of episodes of extreme heat, but also the concomitant human health