Cool Infrastructures at the 8th Global Dialogue Platform

On Friday, Elspeth Oppermann from the Cool Infrastructures team presented the initial results of the Covid-Heat Nexus survey, in a session put together by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Global Heat Health Information network.

Don’t forget you can find the new, cleaned-up data set for India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Cameroon’s survey responses here.

Also presenting in the session was Sarah Barr from the START Network, discussing the Heat Wave Action Plan they trialled in Karachi, Pakistan, over the summer of 2020, and Joy Shumake-Guillemot from the WHO-WMO Climate Health Office who provided an update on global advice on heat-health and Covid-19.

The session took place on Day 3 of the inaugural event of the Anticipation Hub, which is taking up the role of one-stop-shop for knowledge exchange, learning and guidance on anticipatory action. It was was formally launched at the Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Action on December 8th and is a joint initiative between the German Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Climate Centre. It brings together 50+ partners across the Red Cross Red Crescent network, universities, research institutes, (I)NGOs, UN agencies, governments and network initiatives, with funding support from the German Federal Foreign Office. 

It was great to see all the activities and excellent presentations during the 3 days of this event. We were pleased to be able to offer some short excerpts and insights from the survey responses, discussing changing exposure to heat as a result of the lockdown, difficulties with using fans given limited power supply and the nuances of messaging about covid and fan use. Some excerpts from the slides are below.