Hackathon: Envisioning Climate Change in Every Health Curriculum


In partnership with the International Federation of Medical Student Associations.

In 2018, the World Health Organization recognized climate change as the biggest threat to the global health of the 21st century, hence leading to more far-reaching health outcomes than the current pandemic. It is proven that climate change puts the health and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk through many direct and indirect health impacts, in addition to threatening healthcare systems worldwide.
A new survey from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) finds that climate change is taught in only 15% of medical schools worldwide. This shows that future doctors aren’t sufficiently trained to recognize the interdependence between health, the ecosystems and climate change. This leaves them unprepared to address the needs of their patients and communities.
In order to shape a healthy post-pandemic recovery and create resilient health care systems, the health workforce needs to be trained and capacitated to mitigate and adapt to these effects. That is why we are proposing this workshop as an interactive way to engage with the topic and brainstorm ideas on how to better integrate climate change into health curricula or transform it into a life-long-learning opportunity.