Diarrheal diseases and climate change in Cambodia

environmental epidemiology and opportunities for adaptation

Lachlan J. McIver, Chisato Imai, Petra G. Buettner, Paul Gager, Vibol S. Chan, Masahiro Hashizume, Steven N. Iddings, Hero Kol, Piseth P. Raingsey, K. Lyne*

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The DRIP-SWICCH (Developing Research and Innovative Policies Specific to the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change on Health) project aimed to increase the resilience of Cambodian communities to the health risks posed by climate change-related impacts on water. This article follows a review of climate change and water-related diseases in Cambodia and presents the results of a time series analysis of monthly weather and diarrheal disease data for 11 provinces. In addition, correlations of diarrheal disease incidence with selected demographic, socioeconomic, and water and sanitation indicators are described, with results suggesting education and literacy may be most protective against disease. The potential impact of climate change on the burden of diarrheal disease in Cambodia is considered, along with the implications of these findings for health systems adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-585
Number of pages10
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cambodia
  • climate change
  • diarrheal disease
  • early warning systems
  • time series
  • water-related diseases

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