The Global Fund is concerned about the impact of climate change on infectious diseases

Climate change will eventually kill people by making infectious diseases thrive, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warned on Tuesday. In 2022, the Fund has witnessed the “escalation of the impact” of climate change on health, assured 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 pakistanthey have taken on a whole new dimension”, he underlined.

“The mechanism by which climate change will eventually kill people is its impact on infectious diseases,” said Peter Sands, pointing out 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.

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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.

Populations made more vulnerable

Other threats include the spread of tuberculosis among the growing number of displaced people around the world. “Tuberculosis is a disease that develops when highly stressed people are concentrated in a small space, with inadequate food and shelter,” 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.

“2022 has been a brutal year,” insisted Peter Sands, “in the world’s poorest communities, HIV, TB and malaria kill far more people than Covid-19.”

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By the end of 2022, Peter Sands said the Global Fund will have invested about $5.4 billion, a record. The biggest donors to the Geneva-based organization are the G7 governments, led by the United States and France.

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