Impact of Climate Change on the Health of Peruvians: Challenges and Strategies for a Comprehensive Response

Author: Luciana Blanco-Villafuerte and Stella M. Hartinger

Year: 2023

Published in: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salúd Publica

Climate change has a negative impact on the health of every society, including the Peruvian population. The effects of climate change, such as increased temperature or extreme weather events, are the cause of diseases, for example, air pollution (from forest fires), or water pollution (from floods). Likewise, these effects can lead to direct injuries from extreme events or chronic malnutrition by reducing agricultural production. Which can even increase vector-borne infections, such as dengue fever. In addition, the loss of infrastructure in health services, political instability and poor climate governance amplify these risks and significantly threaten the health and well-being of the Peruvian population.