Proteger a sa�de das altera��es clim�ticas na Regi�o de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo

Tavares, Antonio
July 2009
Revista Portuguesa de Sa�de P�blica / Portuguese Journal of ;2009 Special Issue 25 anos, p107
Academic Journal
Given the growing interest in the health effects from climate change, namely in what extreme weather events are concerned, this article aims to systematize the already existing evidence-based scientific knowledge concerning those actual and forecasted effects. This health services challenge is focused on the Region of Lisboa e Vale do Tejo. The main issues concerning the potential effects on individuals and populations of the Region are analyzed, the most at risk population groups are identified and the issues leading to health inequalities are highlighted. A framework about practical guidelines concerning specific actions to be taken at different levels is presented in order to prepare Region health services to protect citizens from health effects of climate changes, as it is known that adverse health effects are largely preventable. This study should promote a reflection on the impact of climate change on Regional health, namely about the rising demand on health services by more vulnerable patients, who can become ill and/or aggravate existing health conditions during sudden extreme weather events.


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