The head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said Tuesday that climate change will fuel infectious diseases and kill people.
Executive Director Peter Sands said in 2022 the fund has witnessed a “growing impact.” climate change about health.
So far, malaria surges have been seen due to the increased frequency and devastation of tropical storms, but “with the floods in Pakistan, it’s on a whole different scale,” he said.
“What we are seeing is that the mechanism by which climate change ultimately kills people is through its impact on infectious diseases.”
Sands said parts of Africa previously unaffected by malaria are now at risk as temperatures rise, especially at high altitudes, allowing mosquitoes to breed.
However, people in such areas have no immunity and are at high risk of mortality.
“It’s very disturbing,” Sands said at a briefing with the United Nations Correspondents’ Association.
Other threats include tuberculosis, which is spreading among increasing numbers of displaced people around the world.
“Tuberculosis is an epidemic of extremely stressed people concentrated in small spaces, with inadequate food and shelter,” he said.
“The more we see displacement of people caused by climate change, the more I think it leads to circumstances that at least make that more likely.”
Sans also said food insecurity It makes people more susceptible to disease.
Asked if the world was more prepared for the next pandemic than COVID-19, Sands said, “That doesn’t mean we’re as prepared. We’re just not as prepared as we were before. Previous.”
By the end of 2022, Sands said the Global Fund will invest about $5.4 billion, significantly more than it has invested to date.
The Geneva-based organization’s largest donors are the G7 governments, led by the United States and France.
“For the poorest and most marginalized people we serve vulnerable community Globally, 2022 has been a brutal year,” Sands said.
“In the world’s poorest communities, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria are killing far more people than COVID-19.”
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