Asthma is one of the leading causes of hospital admissions for children in Canada.1 Untreated, it can be life-threatening.2
When it comes to heat stroke, children are among the most vulnerable.7
Heat stroke can lead to death within hours.8
In just 6 years, cases of Lyme disease in Ontario increased from around 30 cases per year, to more than 300.13 Climate change has contributed to the spread of the tick that transmits Lyme disease.14
Children’s health is being directly and seriously impacted by climate changes. Addressing these impacts will require the action and support of Ontario’s health sector workers.
The Make It Better project was developed by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in partnership with leading health and environmental organizations working to protect children’s health.
Research has shown that our health, and our children’s health, is being directly and seriously impacted by our changing climate.
These changes are contributing to the spread of ticks that carry Lyme disease, asthma triggers and the risk of heat-related illness. Untreated, these health impacts can cause hospitalization – or worse. Without action, our health and quality of life is at risk.
We developed this campaign to give parents information and tools to protect themselves and their families.
And we need your help.
Together we can Make It Better.
Help protect children from the health impacts of climate change.
1 Canadian Institute for Health Information (2018). Asthma hospital stays by children and youth. Retrieved from: Source Link
2 Asthma.ca (n.d.) Infants and Children: Asthma in infants and children. Retrieved from: Source Link
3 Asthma Society of Canada Source Link
4 Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Canada – An estimate of premature mortalities Source Link “In Canada and internationally, health impact estimates identify air pollution as one of the most important risk factors for premature mortality. “
5 Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals: Module 3 – Climate Change Health Impacts across Canada. April 2019
7 Health Canada (2011). Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events: Toolkit for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials. Retrieved from: Source link
8 Korvats, R.S. & Hajat, S. (2008). Heat Stress and Public Health: A critical review. Annual Review of Public Health, 29, 41-55. Source link
13 Gasmi, S. et al. (2017, October). Surveillance for Lyme disease in Canada: 2009-2015. Canada communicable disease report = Releve des maladies transmissibles au Canada, 43(10), 194–199. Retrieved from Source link
14 Public Health Ontario. (2016). Blacklegged tick surveillance in Ontario: A systematic review. Retrieved from Source link