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​​Lessons from the field: Case studies to advance research on climate adaptation strategies and their impact on public health

woman and her child stand at the bottom of a basin that used to be the community watering hole near the small town of Aje, Ethiopia Photo credit: USAID in Africa Link

Climate change poses threats to human health across a wide range of illnesses and injuries. Under-resourced and marginalized populations, especially those in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), are at higher risk of climate change consequences. A variety of climate change adaptation strategies have been and continue to be developed to prepare for, and adjust to, both the current and projected impacts of climate change. However, the scientific evidence base for many of these strategies is limited, particularly regarding their impact on health.

Case study collection

As part of the NIH Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Fogarty Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) is inviting submissions for a collection of case studies on adaptation strategies that respond to the impact of climate change on public health. While many climate adaptation strategies are being developed and deployed globally, few directly address health outcomes. This collection aims to address current gaps in climate science literature regarding the impact of climate change adaptation on health. The goal of this collection is to identify and understand current or historical adaptation strategies that can be better harnessed to address deteriorating health outcomes using relevant and appropriate research approaches and methodologies. When complete, the collection will strengthen the evidence base around climate change adaptation and help identify research priorities and future research needs in this area.

USAID group at a mangrove planting activity in the Philippines municipalities of Quilitisan, Calatagan and Batangas.Photo credit: USAID/Jessie F. Delos Reyes

Call for proposals

Researchers and practitioners from any country, especially LMICs, are encouraged to submit a short, two-page proposal describing a case study that they would like to write. The project’s steering committee, composed of global climate and health scientists, will review proposals and select eight to 12 to develop into full case studies, which may be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Limited financial support is available for compilation of data, analysis, and preparation of the initial manuscript. In addition, publication and open access fees will be fully covered by NIH. Please see more detailed instructions on submissions in the full Call for Proposals (see also a PDF version of the call).

Steering Committee

  • Jefferson Fox, East-West Center
  • Stella Hartinger, Cayetano Heredia University
  • Saria Hassan, Emory University
  • Pamela Jagger, University of Michigan
  • Lindsey Martin, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
  • NC Narayanan, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  • Gila Neta, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • Poornima Prabhakaran, Centre for Chronic Disease Control; Ashoka University
  • Josh Rosenthal, Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Anne Dorothée Slovic, University of São Paulo; Economist Impact Unit
  • Rachel Sturke, Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Sokhna Thiam , African Population Health Research Center – West Africa Regional Office
  • Caradee Wright, South African Medical Research Council


For general inquiries, please send an email to: ficclimatehealthcasestudies@mail.nih.gov.

Praveen Kumar, Ph.D.
NIH Climate and Health Scholar
Fogarty International Center
Associate Professor
Boston College School of Social Work
Email: praveen.kumar@bc.edu

Amit Mistry, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Center for Global Health Studies
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Email: amit.mistry@nih.gov

Jenna Durham, M.S.
Global Health Research and Policy Analyst (Contractor)
Center for Global Health Studies
Fogarty Division of International Science Policy, Planning and Evaluation
Email: jenna.durham@nih.gov

Updated August 14, 2023