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Climate change, water resources and child health
  1. Elizabeth J Kistin1,
  2. John Fogarty2,
  3. Ryan Shaening Pokrasso3,
  4. Michael McCally4,
  5. Peter G McCornick5
  1. 1Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2Department of Family Medicine, University of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  3. 3New Energy Economy, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  4. 4Department of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA
  5. 5Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Ms Elizabeth J Kistin, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University, Box 90335, Durham, NC 27708, USA; elizabeth.kistin{at}


Climate change is occurring and has tremendous consequences for children's health worldwide. This article describes how the rise in temperature, precipitation, droughts, floods, glacier melt and sea levels resulting from human-induced climate change is affecting the quantity, quality and flow of water resources worldwide and impacting child health through dangerous effects on water supply and sanitation, food production and human migration. It argues that paediatricians and healthcare professionals have a critical leadership role to play in motivating and sustaining efforts for policy change and programme implementation at the local, national and international level.

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