Ahmedabad becomes first city in South Asia to launch a heat wave preparation and warning system

Ahmedabad became the First city in South Asia to create a comprehensive early warning system and plan to prepare for extreme heat events fuelled by climate change.

Ahmedabad’s Heat Action Plan:

The plan describesboth immediate and long-term actions to reduce the health effects of heat on vulnerable populations. It includes:

  • Preventative training and awareness camps for medical professionals and slum community.
  • Heat-health protection trainings for school children, outdoor workers, and other vulnerable groups.
  • Coordinated action by government agencies at the municipal, state, and national levels to ensure successful implementation of the plan and warning system.
  • Proper intimation to population when risk of heat related illness exist or imminent .

Major contributors / collaborators in the Heat Action Plan:

  • Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)
  • Indian Institute of Public Health,Gandhinagar
  • Public Health Foundation of India
  • Natural Resources Defence Council
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

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