Rachel reports on health session.
TRANSCRIPT: My name is Rachel Lowe from IC3 [the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences]. We’ve just come out of our session about the role of climate in disease decision-support systems. We had a set of very interesting talks looking at decision-support tools and models, mapping activities for dengue fever, leptospirosis, looking at dengue in the setting of small island states. We had examples also for Jamaica, and we saw that there’s a lot of good research efforts going into the effects of climate on health. It seems that one of the challenges is linking this information up to inform decision-making, really engaging ministries of health to have the confidence to use these kinds of modeling results. One of the recommendations from one of our local partners in Jamaica is to establish a climate health observatory in the region. We have some good examples of climate and health observatories in Brazil which incorporate the ministry of health and also the climate and meteorological research institutes. So it’s trying to find examples of where things are working and transferring it to other regions where there is a need to incorporate climate information into the health decision-making process.