Diseases on the rise due to climate change
According to a report by the international news agency AFP, many people are going to die due to climate change, as the risk of infectious diseases is increasing due to this. On Tuesday, the head of the Global Fund, an international organization formed for the campaign against AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, said this. Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund, said in 2022 his organization sees an “increasing impact” of climate change on health. Giving the example of Pakistan, he has told what kind of boom has taken place in the case of malaria. Significantly, this time there was a terrible flood in Pakistan due to excessive rains, from which it is estimated to take many years to recover from the devastation. But, due to this, the cases of diseases like malaria have also increased, because the outbreak of mosquitoes has increased.
Eventually people will die – Global Fund
Sands said that ‘what we are seeing is a process in which the effects of climate change will lead to an increase in infectious diseases, which will ultimately lead to deaths.’ According to him, the parts of Africa which were earlier not affected by malaria, now due to increase in temperature, mosquitoes have started flourishing there too and this is especially happening in high altitude areas. But, the problem is that the immunity of the people of this area is weak, due to which there is a risk of high death rate. During a briefing to the Association of Correspondents at the United Nations, he warned that ‘this is very dangerous’.
‘The risk of TB has also increased’
Another disease that has increased the risk of climate change is TB. Concern has been raised that the number of displaced people around the world has increased, raising the possibility of its rapid spread, as they are forced to live in very small spaces. According to him, ‘TB is a disease that thrives in people who are highly stressed due to insufficiency of food and lack of shelter.’ He says, ‘The more displacement of people we see due to climate change, I think the more likely its conditions are to arise.’ On top of that food insecurity will make people more vulnerable to all kinds of diseases.
‘The world is now more prepared for the next infectious epidemic’
When asked about the preparedness of the world against the next pandemic like Covid-19, he said that the world is better than before, but ‘it does not mean that we are completely prepared: we are in worse condition than before. Were, are not in that bad condition now. By the end of 2022, the Global Fund will have invested about $5.4 billion in its work, which is very high compared to now.
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2022 a ruthless year – Global Fund
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization receives the most donations from the G7 countries, with the US at number one and France at number two. Sands said that ‘2022 was a ruthless year for the people we serve among the world’s poorest, most marginalised, most vulnerable. In the world’s poor communities, HIV, TB and malaria are killing more people than Kovid-19. (pictures – symbolic)