About this event

  • Date and time Tue 25 May 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

Discover the role of health professionals in the climate change emergency.

This sixth episode of the Health emergency of climate change series will explore climate change’s impact on the unborn child and children’s health. The episode will look at how factors including extreme heat exposure and air pollution are impacting pregnant women and pregnancy outcomes, along with neonatal health and development.

The WHO project that 90% of the burden of disease attributable to climate change is borne by children under the age of five. This session will offer insight into the many health and safety challenges that climate change causes for young children.

Our speakers for this episode are Dame Lesley Regan, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), Dr Sari Kovats, Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr Karen Kiang, Senior Registrar at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

During this webinar speakers will:

  • Describe the impact climate change is having on pregnancy outcomes and neonatal health
  • Outline the impact climate change has on the pregnancy journey
  • Offer an overview into some of the health and safety challenges climate change causes for young children
  • Detail what positive interventions can be put in place to improve the health of the unborn child and children

In this 10-part Health emergency of climate change series, experts from across the health community will unite to address the impact that climate change is having on human health. By positioning health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion, the Royal Society of Medicine will give healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand the links between climate change and health and recognise how they can help combat climate change and its effects.

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions here and they will be answered during the webinar.

We would like to thank Michael Rapp for his generous support enabling free access to this webinar series.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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Key speakers

Dame Lesley Regan

 Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London

Dr Sari Kovats

Associate Professor, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr Karen Kiang

Senior Registrar at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Agenda

View the programme 25 May 2021

Welcome and introduction

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London

Dr Panicos Shangaris, President-Elect, RSM's Maternity and Newborn Forum

Overview of the impact of climate change in pregnancy

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London

Climate change and maternal health: Evidence for adaptation and resilience

Dr Sari Kovats, Associate Professor, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Young children: Overview of health & safety challenges

Dr Karen Kiang, Senior Registrar at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

Q&A session

Panel discussion led by Dr Panicos Shangaris, President-Elect, RSM's Maternity and Newborn Forum

Closing remarks

Dr Panicos Shangaris, President-Elect, RSM's Maternity and Newborn Forum

Location

Online

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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