Managing negative impacts of heat-waves: symposium held in Croatia on heat and health action plans

Climate change has an impact on morbidity and mortality. As Europe, Australia and New Zealand have experienced, heat-waves increase awareness of the connection between health and high temperatures. On 14 May 2011, the WHO Country Office in Croatia, together with the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, held a one-day symposium for family doctors to help prepare them to respond to the population's health needs during extreme heat conditions.

Several presentations were made on the subject of climate change and health, including implementing heat health action plans, the ecological side of climate change, the impact of climate on mortality and dealing with chronically ill patients and other vulnerable groups.