CPHA has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund for the “Creating a national forum for knowledge exchange, capacity building and collaboration to address infectious diseases and climate change” project to run July 2020 to March 2023.
The Infectious Disease and Climate Change Fund (IDCCF) seeks to address the impact of climate change on human health in Canada by:
- Increasing capacity to respond to the rising demands posed by climate-driven zoonotic (diseases that can be transmitted from animals and insects to humans), food-borne and water-borne infectious diseases
- Enabling Canadians and communities to have access to timely and accurate information to better understand their risks and take measures to prevent infection
- Improving adaptability and resiliency to the health impacts of climate-driven infectious diseases, through surveillance and monitoring activities and access to education and awareness tools, to equip:
- Health professionals with the information they need to provide advice to their patients and clients on climate-driven infectious diseases
- Canadians and communities with the tools to protect themselves from the health risks associated with climate-driven food-borne, water-borne and zoonotic infectious diseases.
Priority areas for this fund are monitoring and surveillance and education and awareness. Monitoring and surveillance includes enhancing knowledge and expertise of climate driven infectious diseases and collaborative approaches to the collection, sharing, and use of data to support evidence-based public health actions that equip and power Canadians to adapt. Education and awareness promotes the development, uptake, and distribution of materials, tools, and best practices within or across Canadian communities and among vulnerable populations.