WHO statement on heatwave in Europe

Unprecedented. Frightening. Apocalyptic. These are just some of the adjectives used in news reports as vast swathes of the WHO European Region suffer from ferocious wildfires and record-breaking high temperatures amid an ongoing, protracted heatwave. Climate change is not new but its consequences are mounting season after season, year after year, with disastrous outcomes. Extreme heat exposure often exacerbates pre-existing health conditions. Heatstroke and other serious forms of hyperthermia – an abnormally high body temperature – cause suffering and premature death. Individuals at either end of life’s spectrum – infants and children, and older people – are at particular risk. Read about this in a recent statement by WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge.