Health benefits are a great incentive for local action on climate change

Climate change and its causes are inextricably interlinked with health, writes Dr. Flavia Bustreo, WHO's assistant director-general for family, women's and children's health. The good news is that while climate-harming pollutants cause death and disease, measures to remove them from the environment quickly deliver dramatic improvements to public health.

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  • Flavia Bustreo

    Dr. Flavia Bustreo is the WHO’s assistant director-general for family, women's and children's health. Previously, she served as vice chair of the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and executive director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. Her responsibilities include the oversight of WHO’s work on immunization, reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health, social and environmental determinants of health, gender, equity and human rights and aging.