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Climate Change Impacts on Health in the Arab Region: A Case Study on Neglected Tropical Diseases
Lead Author: UNU-INWEH


This Technical Report presents the detailed case study on the impact of climate change on human health summarized in the Arab Climate Change Assessment Report— Main Report and prepared by UNU-INWEH. Based on RICCAR climate projections, it assesses the transmission of leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis, two important neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) endemic to the Arab region that are sensitive to changing climate conditions. Cases in western North Africa and Egypt were examined using the Water-Associated Disease Index (WADI) approach, focusing on exposure dimensions to understand how climate change can impact conditions required for the transmission of these diseases.

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The central aim of this Regional Knowledge Hub is to provide access to information that can facilitate cooperation, coordination, dialogue and exchange among Arab States, organizations and stakeholder and to support awareness raising as well as regional networking and exchange on issues related to climate change and water resources in the region. Access to RICCAR assessment findings and associated datasets is being made available on this Regional Knowledge Hub, which is comprised of two open-access components: a website and a data portal. This online platform complements, and builds upon, the findings and processes already presented in the main report and its technical annex, as well as the series of publications that elaborate further on the work being pursued collectively under RICCAR.