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Protecting Urban Livelihoods from Climate Change - Building Heat Stress Resilience amongst Da Nang City's most Vulnerable Workers

Program Locations: Da Nang, Viet Nam
Project Duration: 2013-2016
Project Lead: COHED

Project Overview

Hot, humid days and nights contribute to heat stress, heat-related deaths, reduced labor productivity and can exacerbate poverty. While everyone can be negatively impacted by extreme heat, certain people such as workers, especially those working outdoors in the sun or engaging in physical labor, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, children and pregnant women are particularly at risk of suffering harm during such hot spells. Climate change is causing temperatures to increase around the globe, and leading to an increase in the number of hot days and nights.

The overarching goal of this project was to protect the livelihoods of low-income workers as climate change leads to increased temperatures in Da Nang city. Specifically, the project aspired to increase the resilience of vulnerable urban workers to heat stress and thereby contribute to the resilience of the city as a whole.

Direct results of this project will include:

  • Design, pilot and disseminate interventions in order to generate new knowledge and build capacity of stakeholders to prevent heat stress, build resilience and protect livelihoods of Da Nang’s vulnerable workers, through workplace health and safety;
  • Enhance the knowledge of policy makers and enterprise operators of the likely future impacts of heat stress due to climate change; and
  • Contribute towards a national agenda on heat stress prevention, workplace safety and health with a focus on livelihood protection for vulnerable workers, through policy recommendations.

Professional Staff Involved

Sarah Opitz-Stapleton

Lea Sabbag

Tran Van Giai Phong

Ngo Thi Le Mai

Kate Hawley

 

This project was funded by and in partnership with:

Funded:

The Rockefeller Foundation through the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)

Partners:

Centre For Community Health And Development (COHED)

Challenge to Change (CtC)

Da Nang Preventive Medicine Centre

Da Nang Climate Change Coordination Office

Hanoi Medical University

Institute for Labour, Science and Social Affairs (MOLISA)

Ministry of Health