Webinar on Climate Proofing Maternal and Child Health Initiatives


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The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the fifth event in our webinar series!

Date: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (12 PM CST)

Where: Zoom

Presenter: Dr. Ronald Siemens, MD FRCP, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the Canadian Co-Principal Investigator in the Alert Community Prepared Hospital Project, Nampula, Mozambique.

Discussant: Corinne Schuster-Wallace, Department of Geography and Planning and Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan, and co-chair of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change.

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Meeting ID: 331 207 469


Climate change impacts maternal health in many ways, from food insecurity impacts on pre-pregnancy and pregnancy nutrition to increasing the difficulties pregnancy places on daily activities such as water fetching. Given the ongoing climate change effects currently being realized, how many maternal health initiatives factor climate change impacts into design and implementation? This webinar will explore potential implications of climate change for a series of maternal and child health initiatives currently underway in Mozambique. The goal is to initiate a dialogue around consideration of climate change and gender in research and development projects through the retroactive application of a climate change lens.


Dr. Ron Siemens has had a long interest in Global Health.  He has worked in Nepal, Pakistan, Haiti, Ethiopia and over the last 11 years he has been building a deep connection with Mozambique. After starting in southern Mozambique in Massinga with the University of Saskatchewan program there, he was seconded to work with a newly opened health sciences university in Northern Mozambique, University Lurio. This started with a partnership grant, growing into a curriculum development grant and then blossoming into a 5-year $1M maternal child health project funded through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Project FranGo is the next opportunity to build on the foundation of trust and mutual respect that Dr. Siemens, community members and colleagues in Mozambique have developed together. Dr. Siemens continues to work in Saskatoon as a Pediatric Emergency Physician and enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren, playing cello in the community orchestra and competing in triathlons with his children.

Corinne Schuster-Wallace is Co-Chair of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change. In July 2018, Dr. Schuster-Wallace joined the Global Water Futures program and University of Saskatchewan faculty as a water-health researcher in the Department of Geography and Planning. She has worked at the water-health nexus for almost two decades and spent eight years working for the United Nations in an international, transdisciplinary context developing the evidence for informed decision-making, creating tools to help local decision-makers collect the information required for making decisions regarding sustainable WaSH solutions in rural communities. She has broad experience at the water-health nexus including environmental factors for, and environmental change impacts on, outbreaks of waterborne disease and the linkages with human health and well-being.

Suggested readings

Schuster-Wallace, C.J. and Watt, S. (2015). Women and the Water-Health Nexus. In Chamberlain Froese, J. and Elit, L. (Eds.), Women’s Health in the Majority World. (2 ed., pp. 131-154). Nova Sciences Publishers, Hauppauge, New York.

US Environmental Protection Agency. (2016). Climate Change and the Health of Pregnant Women

Watt, S. and Chamberlain, J. (2011). Water, climate change, and maternal and newborn health. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(6), 491-496. doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2011.10.008.


CARE (2010) Toolkit for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Projects. https://www.sprep.org/att/irc/ecopies/global/522.pdf

London Climate Change Partnership (2005) Adapting to climate change: A checklist for development. Guidance on designing developments in a changing climate. https://www.ukcip.org.uk/wp-content/Wizard/Checklist_for_development.pdf (checklist for high-income countries)

USAID (2017) Adapting to climate variability and change. A guidance manual for development planning. https://www.adaptationcommunity.net/?wpfb_dl=35

WHO (2017) Water and Sanitation for Health Facility Improvement Tool. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/254910/9789241511698-eng.pdf;jsessionid=EDA2F6893C4E9010AC61567621C395DE?sequence=1 (The tool has a day-to-day risk and hazard identification)