The devastating effects of climate change on access to clean air, safe water, food and safe environment are becoming more visible in our daily lives. Existing health treats are likely to intensify (such as mortality from water – and vectorborne diseases) and new health treats will emerge (such as deaths from heat stress); with the impact mostly felt in areas with a weak health infrastructure and among vulnerable populations.
The call to act, formulated during the 2019 NVTG symposium ‘Climate Emergency’ was clearly heard and lead to the establishment of the Working Party ‘Zorg voor Klimaat’ (Care for Climate). This year’s symposium aims to continue to express concerns on the effect of climate change on planetary health, and to join forces – in line with the recent 2021 IPPC Report on Climate Change and the focus of the 2021 Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow.
Scientific insights will guide the discussion during our symposium and the floor will be given to ‘changemakers’ in health.
During the breakout sessions we will give the floor to several sustainability pioneers in the Dutch Health Care system. They will collaborate give an overview of best clinical practices, most promising research topics and how to speak up as a health professional in the public debate.
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Chair of the day: Ellen Mangnus
Climate changemakers in the consultation room - best clinical practices. During this interactive session we will give you a few examples of viable approaches of sustainable healthcare practices. The ‘Groene Zorg Alliantie’ will host the session. Thereafter our two guest speakers will give an informative and inspiring talk. Our opening speaker will be Iris Wichers , general practitioner and working at the NHG, who recently released an eBook on sustainable healthcare in primary care. Our subsequent speaker is Myrtle van der Wel, member of ‘De Jonge Specialist’, will tell us more about the their recently published guideline about sustainability in healthcare.
Climate changemakers in the research field. For our session "Climate changemakers in the research field” we will focus on what is being studied on the mutual relationship between climate and health from a global to a local perspective. There will be three speakers: George Downwards (Assistant professor at UMC Utrecht with a focus on health risk assessment and disease prevention). George will tell us about air pollution in a global context; Evelyn Brakema (General practitioner in training and senior researcher at LUMC). Evelyn will focus on the impact of healthcare on air quality/pollution and will present a research project on the use of more sustainable asthma inhalators; Martine Rutten (Associate professor Water management TUDelft). Martine will talk about climate adaptation, water management and health.
Climate changemakers in society/public debate. The world is changing and we need to change with it. In this session, organised by 'Into the World', Julia van Boven (Sustainability Consultant of ABN AMRO) will give us a glimpse of the expected, major upcoming transition in the financial corporate business, that will hopefully lead to a brighter future for all of us. Lena Hartog, who was selected as one of the Sustainable Young-100 professionals, will tell us about the 3 worlds that we are all part of, and the choices you can make to influence the future of these worlds. At last, you will be given tools to reason for your good cause by 'Dokters in Debat' own board member Koen Gorgels, Resident Infectious Disease Control.
Plenary panel discussion with changemakers in health:
Esther Putman - BSc MSc PhD (biology/toxicology) Coordinator Research and International affairs of the Sustainable Health Care Team of ministry of Health Welfare and Sports in the Netherlands. This team aims to accelerate the sustainability of the health care sector. Esther started career at the Medicines Evaluation Board in preclinical safety assessments and guideline development. Subsequently she worked at the ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on worker safety regarding plant protection products and biological agents. In 2012, she started at the ministry of Health Welfare and Sport in the public health department as a crisis coordinator and subsequently as policy advisor on “the healthy living environment”.
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