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Too Late for Early Warnings? Cyclone Idai, Climate Change, and Global Health

April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On March 14th, Cyclone Idai devastated central Mozambique with 100+ mph winds before continuing west into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Two weeks later, food shortages combined with the spread of waterborne illnesses such as cholera are adding to the public health burden of this weather-related disaster. The University of Washington’s EarthLab and Population Health Initiative are co-hosting this UW faculty panel to explore the relationship between Climate Change and Public Health, with an eye toward the current humanitarian crisis caused by Cyclone Idai.

Moderator Dr. Jeremy Hess of the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment will be joined by faculty from Atmospheric Sciences, Engineering, Global Health, and Emergency Medicine. The panel will also feature Dr. James Pfeiffer, Executive Director of Health Alliance International, a UW Center of the Department of Global Health that has been working in Mozambique for 30+ years and is actively contributing to relief efforts in Mozambique’s most affected regions.



Dr. Cecilia Bitz, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Faisal Hossain, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. James Pfeiffer, Executive Director, Health Alliance International (HAI)

Dr. David Townes, Professor, Emergency Medicine

Moderated by Dr. Jeremy Hess, Co-Director of the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment


Learn more here.


April 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


University of Washington


Hogness Auditorium, University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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