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COP28 focus on health draws $777 million to fight tropical disease

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🗞️ Driving the news: At COP28, the United Arab Emirates and several charities pledged $777 million to combat neglected tropical diseases, expected to intensify with rising temperatures
• This funding initiative was announced as the summit focused on the health risks linked to climate change

🔭 The context: Climate-related factors are increasingly recognized as major threats to human health in the 21st century
• The World Bank has initiated a program to support public health in developing countries, where such risks are particularly high

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Addressing climate-related health risks, including the spread of tropical diseases, malnutrition, and heat stress, is crucial as these challenges are exacerbated by global warming 
• The pledged funds aim to mitigate these growing health risks, particularly in vulnerable regions

⏭️ What's next: The commitment from over 120 countries at COP28 to keep people safe amid global warming is significant, though criticism arises over the lack of mention of fossil fuels in the declaration 
• Activists and healthcare professionals continue to highlight the real-world impacts of climate change on health

💬 One quote: "We are in a lot of trouble. This is having real-world impacts." (Joseph Vipond, Emergency Physician from Alberta, Canada)

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