Global Dialogue Platform: Extreme heat and COVID-19: Managing complex and cascading hazards

Dec 10, 2020


GHHIN and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre



As part of the Global Dialogue Platform for Anticipatory Humanitarian Action 2020, the session on “Extreme heat and COVID-19: Managing complex and cascading hazards” focused on the complexity of managing extreme heat and COVID-19 in 2020.


Drawing on global case studies and resources, speakers discussed the challenges of heat preparedness during the global pandemic, including the realities of what has been experienced at community level in several countries.


The session included brief presentations and a moderated panel discussion, along with interactive questions around heatwave risk management, and how to modify typical cooling interventions while respecting infection control efforts. Tools and approaches that can help guide local and national authorities to coordinate and adjust heat action plans and interventions, to incorporate COVID-19 prevention.


Hosted by Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN), Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Anticipation Hub.


– Roop Singh, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Climate Risk Advisor

– Elspeth Oppermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Rachel Carson Centre), Senior Researcher

– Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WHO-WMO Climate Health Office and Global Health Health Information Network, Lead

– Sarah Barr, Start Network, Learning and Research Advisor (Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing)