USAID ATLAS Project

CHanGE is providing expertise to the USAID Adaptation Though Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) Program , which seeks to synthesize best practices and to guide missions and their partners to the right tools for assessing climate-related risks and evaluating adaptation options, while building capacity to translate this information into adaptation investment decisions and actions at the country, sector, and program levels that prioritize tradeoffs for development programming.

CHanGE’s work on this project focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa, which is particularly vulnerable to the health risks of climate change because of geographic, environmental, demographic, socioeconomic, social, and other factors.  In addition, many of the climate change related health concerns worldwide are major sources of morbidity and mortality in Africa, particularly undernutrition, malaria, other vectorborne diseases, and diarrheal diseases.  There is growing interest in documenting associations between climate-sensitive health outcomes and weather and climate, and in projecting how risks could change with additional climate change.

Undernutrition

Changing precipitation patterns and temperature will have a negative impact on crop yields.

Disease Spread

Vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are predicted to spread into new geographic ranges.

Heat Stress

Higher surface temperatures will have potential negative health consequences in many African regions.