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AVPN-Bayer Foundation Partner to Unpack the Intersectionality of Climate and Health

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Bhawani Maurya

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Climate change is having a direct impact on public health, exacerbating existing health inequities, and increasing the incidence of heat-related illness, infectious diseases, vector-borne diseases, climate-related disasters, and other health threats such as non-communicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, climate change is projected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea, and heat stress. Hence there is an urgency for climate-health interventions to promote climate-resilient health systems as these systems play a critical role in building sustainable economies, especially in terms of last-mile delivery to remote communities.

AVPN, as a neutral ecosystem builder, provides a supportive and structured environment for social investors interested in the climate-health nexus to tackle these issues with an intersectional lens instead of a siloed approach.

Bayer Foundation has a vision to catalyse advances in Science and Social Innovation for a world with ‘Health for All, Hunger for None’. Bayer Foundation’s social innovation programme supports social entrepreneurs, together with other partners in the social impact ecosystem. The focus is on underserved communities in the global south, supporting innovations at the intersections of health, nutrition and environment.

AVPN, in collaboration with the Bayer Foundation, envisions building the ecosystem infrastructure for Asian funders of all types to find collaborative pathways to developing their intersectional climate-health strategies, which will ensure the agendas are locally owned and led while enhancing the likelihood of successful deployment of capital. 

The programme will focus on:

  • Increasing awareness of the intersection of climate and health in the Asian context, as well as funding challenges and opportunities in the region, among social investors in Asia.
  • Building a shared understanding of principles for financing climate change and health solutions, that enable a catalytic role for capital from philanthropy to blended finance.
  • Spotlighting local innovative solutions and mobilising capital into investable deals/projects marketplace for Asia.
  • Amplifying Asian led climate-health initiatives at global and regional forums, fostering two-way learning between Asian and global stakeholders 
  • Enhancing visibility for our pathfinder partners and their work to attract future collaborations.

If your mission is aligned to ours and you are keen to find like minded partners to join you in creating impact in this intersectional space of climate action and public health, join our Pathfinder Programme! 

Together, as Pathfinders, we can navigate the challenges, discover new solutions, and pave the way for positive change. 

Register here for your interest towards the initiative.

For more information please contact [email protected] and [email protected].

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

Author

Bhawani Maurya

Senior Manager, Health Resilience Platform at AVPN

Bhawani focuses on supporting the development of AVPN’s social investor collaborations in the Health platform, with the aim that these collaborative communities collectively work together to mobilise resources to address health-related issues in Asia. Bhawani has 7 years of experience in consultancy and product management, of which he spent the last 2 years leading the Product team, providing strategic support to organization for automation and deployment of projects in waste management sector. Role in his previous organization entails conceptualizing, designing, developing, planning and executing various products/ projects. Bhawani holds a Chartered Accountant degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. In his free time, he reads historical fiction and non-fictional books, listens to music and is a sports enthusiast.

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