The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warns on Tuesday against the consequences of global warming, saying that the situation is “quite alarming.”
Climate change will eventually kill people by making infectious diseases thrive, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said on Tuesday. In 2022, the Fund witnessed the “escalation of the impact” of climate change on health, alerted its executive director Peter Sand.
While the upsurge in malaria has so far been driven by the increasing frequency and devastation of tropical storms, “with the floods in Pakistan, they have taken on a whole new dimension,” he said.
“The mechanism by which climate change will eventually kill people is its impact on infectious diseases,” said Peter Sands, noting that parts of Africa that were not affected by malaria are now becoming risk, as temperatures rise and allow mosquitoes to thrive, especially at higher altitudes.
However, the population of these regions will not be immunized, hence the risk of a higher mortality rate.
“It’s quite alarming,” said Peter Sands during a briefing with the association of UN correspondents.
“Not as unprepared as before”
Other threats include the spread of TB among the growing number of displaced people around the world. , he explained.
“The more we see population shifts due to climate change, the more I think that will result in conditions that will make this disease at least more likely.”
Peter Sands also indicated that food insecurity would make people more vulnerable to disease. As to whether the world is better prepared for the next pandemic than it was for Covid-19, he answered in the affirmative, but qualified. “That doesn’t mean we’re well prepared: we’re just not as badly prepared as before.”
Source: BFM TV