Protecting the public and minimizing health effects from heat: towards the development of a Heat-Health Action Framework for the Prefecture of Hyogo, Japan

Technical report


Publication details

Number of pages: 32
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English



The technical report is based on a literature review and key informant interviews conducted by staff of the Urban Health Emergency Management (UHEM) unit, WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) in coordination with Dr Masahide Aikawa when he was staff at the Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Environmental Sciences. It was a response to the call by the Governor, Hyogo Prefecture for further action to prevent health effects from heat waves and from climate change.

The technical report is intended to support efforts by the prefectural government of Hyogo (Japan) towards a comprehensive system for public health prevention of heat disorders. As mentioned, it was the result of an evidence-building process involving relevant stakeholders at the local and national levels in Japan. The state of the science regarding public health action on heat waves has been reflected only as required by practical purposes, and was based on published scientific literature, as well as the gathering of critical inputs from experts within and outside the World Health Organization (WHO).