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Vulnerability of climate induced diseases: analyzing Indian scenario

Student name: Ms Shonali Verma
Guide: Dr Sukanya Das
Year of completion: 2017
Host Organisation: TERI University

Abstract: Of the many impacts of climate change, those on human health are of intense debate and often placed as most worrying. Greenhouse gas emissions can be considered as risk factor that could potentially be altered by human intervention, with associated effects on the burden of disease. Climate variations lead to myriad of diseases directly as well as indirectly especially water and vector-borne diseases. This brings me to the purpose of this study to derive relationship between the various factors and the vulnerability of diseases, diarrhea and malaria. Also , climate change effects are considered over a period of 15years and future projections have been made to quantify the additional risk the population in India is at. The results of the study show that climate change will cause large additional economic burdens to societies and to households therefore the government should incorporate adaptation policies at a faster rate than originally planned to curb the negative effects of climate change.

KEYWORDS: Climate change, Vulnerability, India, Malaria, Diarrhea