The Rockefeller Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO) have partnered together to combat “pandemics fueled by climate change,” according to a press release.
The effort will invest $5 million for “broadening surveillance for diseases worsened by rising temperatures and extreme weather.”
According to the press release, the partnership will focus on efforts including: “scaling global capacity for genomic surveillance,” “developing a digital platform” for researchers and health analysts, “developing user-centric product strategies” to support health agencies, and “improving outbreak detection.”
Reporting from Just the News:
Writing in the press release, the WHO’s Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said the Covid-19 outbreak “underscored that disease surveillance, collaboration between stakeholders, and data sharing were absolutely essential ingredients for health security,” adding that the “global community” was not prepared for the pandemic. Claiming “increasing threats” are arising due to “climate change,” Ihekweazu also touted that the two organizations will birth a “new era of global collaboration in pandemic intelligence.”