Certificate Course on Climate Change-Public Health Launched in DU


A 3-month certificate course on ‘Climate Change and Public Health’ has been launched in a joint initiative by the Department of Disaster Science and Climate Resilience of Dhaka University (DU) and the Climate Change and Health Promotion Unit (CCHPU) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

On Saturday (June 8) morning, Professor M. of the Department of Geology. Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. A Latif Auditorium. ASM Maqsood Kamal was present as the chief guest and inaugurated the course.

Dhaka University Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty Dean and Disaster Science and Climate Resilience Department Chairman Professor Dr. Md. Zillur Rahman, the Director General of the Directorate of Disaster Management spoke at the event. Mizanur Rahman, Head of United Nations ERD Wing AKM Sohail, Pathfinder International’s Senior Director of Climate David Shimkus, United Kingdom-based organization FCDO’s health advisor Dr. Md. Shafiqul Islam and the coordinator of CCHPU Prof. Dr. Iqbal Kabir.

Vice-Chancellor Maqsood Kamal said that due to climate change, the number of natural disasters is increasing day by day and will increase in the future. Due to climate change, the prevalence of various diseases including dengue, chikungunya is increasing and as a result, human health is facing a dire risk. That is why climate change is now the biggest threat to mankind.

He said that mutual cooperation and partnership between stakeholders should be increased to conduct research programs to face the challenges of climate change. The developed countries responsible for climate change should feel its harmful effects and compensate the affected countries.

Apart from this, the Vice-Chancellor expressed hope that the participants in this course of public importance will gain proper knowledge about climate tolerant and secure health system and will play an effective role in continuing the development of the country by confronting the challenges of climate change.

It should be noted that a total of 40 people including teachers, researchers, experts and representatives of public and private institutions have participated in this course.

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