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Addressing Heat Health Vulnerability in Rapidly Urbanising Regions of Western India

In 2010, Gandhinagar, in Gujarat State, experienced a heatwave that prompted the city’s municipal government to devise a strategy to mitigate the impact of the event, which claimed approximately 1300 lives.

The project team, through research and group interviews, identified local health risks and outlined the groups with the greatest vulnerability to extreme heat events induced by climate change. This helped to increase the awareness and understanding of the municipal government regarding the risks associated with extreme heat events and, with the help of the project team, they charted out a set of risk reduction strategies which were codified into the Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan 2013.

The project team also supported policymakers in developing a Heat Health Early Warning System, as set out in the Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan Guide to Extreme Heat Planning. Thus, LEAD Pakistan, through its role in CDKN, helped to:

  • build public awareness on the risks of heatwaves and practices to prevent heat-related illnesses;
  • build capacity among medical and community healthcare professionals to recognise and respond to heat-related illnesses; and
  • initiate a simple early warning system to alert residents and coordinate an inter-agency emergency response effort before and when heatwaves hit

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Start Date:03/01/2012
End Date:08/01/2013
Funded by:CDKN
Status:Completed

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