Mala Rao: The Health Impacts of Climate Change
Talk given by Mala Rao on The Health Impacts of Climate Change: Addressing the health and well-being impacts of climate change through collaboration at the Advaya event Climate Justice: Rights for People & Planet on 28 February 2019.
About the event:
Climate change revolves around a question of global inequality and demonstrates the mass destruction fuelled by our consumerist growth economy. This was an evening of talks, panels, food, drinks, music and spoken-word exploring the human rights implications of the environmental crisis. We explored ecocide, globalisation, the growth-based economy, extreme energy, corporatisation, public health, and much more.
About the Speaker:
Mala Rao: Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London; Medical Adviser for Workforce Race Equality Strategy Implementation Team, NHS England; and Trustee for WaterAid.
Mala has advised internationally on public health and health care and has fostered close links between the UK and health institutions in the developing world, especially in India. Under the aegis of the UK Global Health Strategy, she was the founding Director of the first Institute of Public Health established by the Public Health Foundation of India.
Mala’s concern for and understanding of the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation have grown over the past 3 decades. Deeply committed to health and social equality, she has become internationally recognised for raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on health, especially the health of women and children, and for championing universal access to good quality health care, safe water and sanitation. Determined to make public health everybody’s business and responsibility, she has championed the involvement of professions such as urban planning in improving health, and the water and sanitation professions and industry in tackling the global challenges of water scarcity, water quality, extreme weather events and water conservation.
Her publications include the highly commended 2009 book, ‘The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change’ which she co-edited, and which has been referred to as a ‘wake-up call’ for the health professions. In 2010, she was invited to lead the writing of the health chapter of Government of India’s 4 by 4 Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and a DFID commissioned study, of the state of preparedness of Indian states to address the health impacts of climate change. In 2015, she was one of 3 global experts invited to join Sanofi’s climate change and health advisory board during its preparation to contribute to the 2015 UN COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris.
In addition to her research, publications and advocacy, she is delighted to be contributing to global public health and environmental sustainability