Exposure to extreme heat causes maternal complications, impacts fetal development, and disrupts access to maternal healthcare.
Highly exposed regions already have the worst maternal and infant mortality rates due to a lack of investment in reproductive health exacerbated by gender inequality.
This means women and girls have less power, resources, access to climate information, and challenges avoiding exposure to heat.
This session will advocate for equitable healthcare access for pregnant people, inclusion in decision-making and climate advocacy, and strategies for managing heat-related health risks.
We will also share interventions and tools integrating heat action within maternal health services.
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), https://www.clintonhealthaccess.org/
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/
Human Rights Watch, https://www.hrw.org/