Call for abstracts – Climate Emergency and SRHR

Posted by Maria on July 31, 2019 at 10:03 am

Share-Net is hosting a session on the interface between Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & climate change  at the NVTG Congress on Climate Emergency and Health. We are opening a Call for abstracts that link SRHR and Climate Change. 

During the afternoon programme parallel sessions will be reserved for oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. Researchers of all seniority, including (PhD) students, are invited to submit abstracts in English describing original field research in any subject of global health, including but not limited to: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), poverty- related diseases (malaria, HIV, TB, etc.), neglected tropical diseases, medical sociology / anthropology, entomology, health economics, health policy and health systems research. Early career researchers (Master or PhD students) are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. Oral presentations will be selected on the basis of abstract quality.

Abstracts should be submitted in English; for an abstract form see and Please send completed forms to before 25 September 2019. Accreditation pending.

The session will take place on the 6th of November from 15.15 to 16.30.

About the congress

Climate Change is already impacting human health and is bound to get worse. Worldwide people are facing the effects of environmental change in their daily lives because a lack of clean air, safe drinking water, secure shelter and insufficient food.
Extreme heat contributes directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Globally the number of weather-related natural disaster disasters more than tripled over the past fifty years, among others resulting in increasing levels
of malnutrition and undernutrition and in forced migration heightening the risk of mental disorders and communicable diseases. Climatic conditions strongly affect water- and vector-borne diseases.

Measuring the impact of these changes can only be approximate and while all populations will be affected by climate change, some are more vulnerable than others. The Paris Agreement in 2015 definitely was a major political step in reducing the
risks of climate change, however the (health) impact of climate change hugely exceeds the progress we are making. Time to act is now.

Check the NVTG Congress Programme.

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