Jonathan Phillips, director of Duke University's Energy Access Project, will speak on the panel "Energy and Health: Building Bridges" at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum on Thursday, May 3, in Lisbon, Portugal.
This interactive session will explore the need and opportunity to strengthen engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes. Access to universal clean energy plays a key role in achieving health goals. This is particularly true for poor and vulnerable populations, who suffer disproportionately from a lack of energy access. Despite this, the energy and health communities too often remain siloed. Increased efforts to mainstream energy access considerations into health, and vice-versa, will advance access to, and the quality of, health care delivery. Cross-sectoral efforts are also vital to reducing drudgery, improving safety, and combating the health impacts of indoor air pollution, one of the leading risk factors for disease globally. The session will serve as the first in a series of consultations on the design of a potential Sustainable Energy for All inter-sectoral partnership dedicated to exploring synergies between the energy access and health agendas, including how best to mainstream and coordinate efforts between the two sectors.