Declaration calling for family doctors of the world to act on planetary health

22 April, 2019

Read in full online: https://www.wonca.net/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/documents/Groups/Envir...

Declaration calling for family doctors of the world to act on planetary health

from the WONCA Working Party on the Environment, the Planetary Health Alliance, and the Clinicians for Planetary Health Working Group

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What can you do as a family doctor?

1. Learn more about planetary health at www.planetaryhealthalliance.org

2. Communicate to patients that their health ultimately depends on the environment, both in their immediate vicinity and globally. We are all responsible for looking after our natural systems.

3. Respond to emerging health challenges caused by environmental changes. With planetary health in mind, be aware of and monitor local environmental factors, such as heatwaves and other natural disasters, land clearing, and air quality, which may affect your patients’ health or response to treatment...

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HIFA is currently looking into the possibility of starting a HIFA Project on the information and communication aspects of Planetary and environmental health (including the role of the media and of health professionals).

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org