Educational institutes from 15 countries including India, France, China and Britain have joined hands to train students to address the health impacts of climate change, the White House has said. In all 48 public health, medical and nursing schools from 15 countries have committed to train their students to address the health impacts of climate change, thus increasing the total number of schools committing to 118 around the world, the White House said.
The two Indian educational institutes include Indian Institute of Public Health in Bhubaneshwar and the Public Health Foundation, Indian Institute of Public Health. A formal announcement in this regard would be made by the White House in Paris on the sidelines of the ongoing summit on Climate Change. Climate change is a global challenge that demands a global response and President Barack Obama is committed to leading the fight, the White House said, adding that the latest announcement is the expansion of the previously launched initiative in this regard.
The 48 new partners joining increases the total number of schools signing on to 118 and expands participation to 14 additional countries Australia, Canada, China, Grenada, Ecuador, Finland, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and United Kingdom. In addition to helping to recruit peer institutions, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health will announce the creation of a Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education to carry forward the Health Educators Climate Commitment to action.
Besides continuing to expand the reach of the commitment, the Consortium will be a forum through which Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing around the world would share best scientific and educational practices, and curriculum; develop core sets of knowledge for graduates; and foster the development of global academic partnerships to support training of health professionals throughout the world, particularly in under-resourced countries, it said. Climate change is no longer a problem for future generations, it said adding that no country is immune.
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