The Global Heat Health Information Network is an independent, voluntary, and member-driven forum of scientists, practitioners, and policy makers focused on improving capacity to protect populations from the avoidable health risks of extreme heat in a changing climate.
The network aims to create a common space to promote evidence-driven interventions, shared-learning, co-production of information, synthesis of priorities, and capacity building that can empower multi-disciplinary actors to take more effective and informed life-saving preparedness and planning measures.
It seeks to be a catalyst, knowledge broker and forum for facilitating exchange and identifying needs of the most vulnerable.
The Network brings together the work and progress of its members to create a holistic picture of the needs, science and strengths across the network to:
The Network’s programmes and activities help improve the capacity of governments, organizations, and professionals to protect populations from the avoidable health risks of extreme ambient heat.
Members and the wider public benefit from ongoing activities, including:
Diverse expertise and perspectives: Our members self-select, enhancing inclusion of a broad range of organizations and professionals from around the world.
Compatible motivation: The mission and values of our members are expected to be compatible with the GHHIN vision.
Scientific integrity and shared principles: Members will be encouraged to uphold scientific integrity and principles of good public health practice.
This includes organizations and professionals from:
Following repeated calls for harmonization and improvement of our common understanding and decision tools for the management of the health risks of extreme heat and rising temperatures, the Network was launched in June 2016 by experts from over a dozen founding institutions, spearheaded by the World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization Joint Office for Climate and Health, and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office.