The National Institutes of Health (NIH) was established as the National Health Research Center in our country through the enactment of the Republic Act 8503 (Health Research and Development Act of 1998) on February 13, 1998. This 2020, the NIH will be celebrating its 22nd Anniversary by holding a 2-day conference and workshop with the theme: “Health Amidst Climate Change, Disasters, and Outbreaks” on March 2-3 2020 at the Bayanihan Center, UNILAB, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  During the conference, discussions will focus on health impacts such as increased heat-related morbidity and mortality; higher risks of exposures to vector-borne diseases and pathogens; reduced food availability and quality for daily nutritional needs; increased risks of physical and mental health issues associated with demoralized and displaced populations resulting from climate-induced dislocation, environmental decline and conflict situations; greater frequency of infectious disease epidemics and physical injuries following storm-induced floods, landslides and droughts; and other climate change related consequences to health. A discourse on urban planning and health infrastructures to respond to the current climate scenarios will also be presented.

For more details, see 22nd National Institutes of Health Anniversary

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