04-JUN-2016: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah today released a book titled "Climate Change and Human Health Scenario in South and South East Asia". The book, authored by Prof. Rais Akhtar, Adjunct Professor, International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), New Delhi and formerly Visiting Professor, AMU, has been published by Springer.
Prof. Akhtar, a leading author, is also on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a recipient of Nobel Memento.
Prof. Akhtar's book explores the geomedical aspects focusing on climate change and health impacts in South and Southeast Asia from the regional perspective and is the first to present a regional analysis of climate change and human health, with emphasis on geographically and socio-economically distinct countries of South and Southeast Asia. It includes geomedical studies from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal and Taiwan. The book deals with natural disasters including flood, droughts, heat waves, urban heat island and outbreaks of vector-borne diseases in the region.
The Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah and Prof Rais Akhtar interacted on climate change impacts on glacial melting and warming in the mountainous region in the context of availability of water and altitudinal rise of malaria.
It has now been realized that climate change is a significant and emerging threat to human health which represents a range of environmental hazards and is likely to affect people in both the developed and developing countries. 2003 heat wave mortality in Europe, Katrina hurricane disaster in 2005 in southern USA, Sandy hurricane disaster in the eastern United States, forest fire in California, and Australia, current scenario of flooding in France and Germany shows that even developed countries are vulnerable to climate change. In particular, climate change also affects the regions, like South and Southeast Asian Countries, where the current burden of climate-sensitive diseases is high.
Prof. A.R. Kidwai, Director, UGC Human Resource Development Centre, Prof. Shadab Khurshid and Prof. Akram Javed, Department of Geology, Prof. Haris M. Khan, Department of Microbiology, Prof. Athar Ansari, Department of Community Medicine and Dr. Syed Ziaur Rahman, Department of Pharmacology were also present on the occasion.