Climate Change and Health in Sri Lanka

Climate change poses significant challenges to health outcomes and healthcare utilisation in Sri Lanka. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events contribute to various health risks, including heat-related illnesses, vector-borne diseases, and waterborne illnesses. Additionally, extreme weather events and environmental degradation contribute to displacement, loss of livelihoods, and social disruption, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and psychological trauma among affected populations.

Addressing the health impacts of climate change requires comprehensive strategies that prioritise adaptation, mitigation, and resilience-building measures. Strengthening healthcare systems to enhance preparedness and response capacity is essential for mitigating the health risks associated with climate change. In such a context, this study examines the relationship between health and climate change in Sri Lanka.

Research team

Dr Pulasthi Amarasinghe
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Dr Nisha Arunathilake
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Himani Vithanage
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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)