National Health Insurance and climate change : planning for South Africa’s future

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dc.contributor.author Wright, C.Y. (Caradee)
dc.contributor.author Chersich, Matthew
dc.contributor.author Mathee, Angela
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-21T14:24:39Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-21T14:24:39Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09
dc.description.abstract In South Africa we have witnessed a gripping drought in the Western Cape, devastating heavy rains, fires, flooding and strong winds caused by an upper-air cut-off low in October 2017 in Durban and regular heatwave and fire risk warnings in several provinces. One foremost cause of weather-related deaths is heat (leading to heatstroke), which is on the rise as towns and cities across South Africa shatter record all-time high temperatures year-on-year. In January 2016, for example, the North-West Health Department reported that 11 people (aged 22–58 years) died over a period of 48 h in the province from heatstroke. Deaths among groups such as the elderly, those with chronic disease and infants rise during heatwaves. These deaths may not be directly related to ‘heat shock’, but to the additional physiological stress associated with high heat. While there is some uncertainty as to whether these weather events are linked to climate change, the increase in heat levels generally, extreme weather events and current climate predictions for warming temperatures are strongly indicative that this is the case. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.sajs.co.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wright CY, Chersich M, Mathee A. National Health Insurance and climate change: Planning for South Africa’s future. South African Journal of Science 2019;115(9/10), Art. #5800, 3 pages. https://doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2019/5800. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/sajs.2019/5800
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/74687
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_ZA
dc.subject Weather en_ZA
dc.subject Environmental health en_ZA
dc.subject Prevention en_ZA
dc.subject Health care en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title National Health Insurance and climate change : planning for South Africa’s future en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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