Understanding vulnerability and health impacts of climate change in South Africa

Project Details


This project will: 1) develop and test a method for undertaking WASH vulnerability and adaptation assessments in South Africa based on assessing catchment, source protection, management, institutions, supply chains and community engagement to contribute to global guidance; 2) analyse the relationships between severe WASH-related disease and climatic factors using hospital admissions data, meteorological data and laboratory diagnostic data.

Layman's description

This project aims to improve the resilience of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to future climate change by providing key evidence that will support change to national policy and support international action. The project will develop and test a method for WASH vulnerability and adaptation assessments in South Africa, which will be used to inform global guidance being developed for the World Health Organisation by Bristol University. The project will also analyse hospital admissions, laboratory data and weather data to analyse what role weather events have on severe WASH-related illness in South Africa. This will help improve our understanding of how future climate change may impact on health.
Effective start/end date1/05/2031/07/20


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