Scope joins PATH led partnership aiming to scale climate and health innovations

Scope Impact joins PATH as expert partner in launching the #ClimateXHealth Challenge to address climate change’s impact on health.
November 30, 2022

We are excited to announce that Scope Impact has joined a new partnership in launching the #ClimateXHealth Challenge, a global search for innovations that build sustainable healthcare systems. The partnership, lead by PATH, also includes in addition to Scope Impact, the RockerFeller Foundation, India Environmental Defense Fund, the Principal Scientific Adviser of the Government of India, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation India, USAID, Selco Foundation, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms CDP and SocialAlpha.

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause an estimated 250,000 additional deaths per year and a loss of $2-4 billion every year globally. The climate crisis threatens to undo the last 50 years of progress in global health and can critically imperil the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and associated goals. 

The #CliamteXHealth Challenge therefore seeks product and process innovations,  solutions on adaptation, mitigation, environmental governance, or local community participation for climate-resilient health systems and related health risks in India,  as well as for similar low and middle-income countries.

The programme will focus on three key approaches to product and process innovations:

  1. Decarbonising public health facilities – Innovations that help reduce the carbon footprint of public health facilities and make operations more sustainable
  2. Risk mitigation and adaptation for health system preparedness – Innovations that track and collate weather and meteorological data for use in public health facilities to respond to climate-related risks and hazards.
  3. Enhancing community engagement and capacity development on climate-induced health risks – Innovations that engage communities in addressing the effects of climate change on health and build the capacity of the health workforce to address climate-related health risks.

With the impacts of changing climatic conditions such as vector-borne and diarrheal diseases as well as climate-related hazards such as heatwaves, floods, wildfires, and air pollution more evident, climate-resilient health systems become crucial in mitigating against climate-related shocks and stressors as they confer essential protection to communities.

Through the #ClimateXHealth Challenge, PATH and its partners will provide a platform for innovators to showcase and scale solutions, which can be adopted and implemented in the existing public health facilities in India and low-and middle-income countries in South Asia and Africa.

Learn more and apply for the #ClimateXChallenge here

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