EGU22-4219
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-4219
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Perceptions of heat-health impacts and the effects of knowledge andpreventive actions by outdoor workers in Hanoi, Vietnam

Steffen Lohrey1, Melissa Chua2, Clemens Gros3, Jerôme Faucet4, and Jason K.W. Lee2,5,6
Steffen Lohrey et al.
  • 1Technical University Berlin, Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung, Berlin, Germany
  • 2Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 3Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 4International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Asia Pacific Regional Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 5Human Potential Translational Research Programme, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • 6Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Extreme heat is an increasing climate threat, most pronounced in urban areaswhere poor populations are at particular risk.Weanalyzed heat impacts and vulnerabilities of 1027 outdoorworkerswho participated in a KAP survey in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018, and the influence of their mitigation actions, their knowledge of heat-risks, and access to early warnings.
We grouped respondents by their main income (vendors, builders, shippers, others, multiple jobs, and nonworking) and analyzed their reported heat-health impacts, taking into consideration socioeconomics, knowledge of heat impacts and preventive measures, actions taken, access to air-conditioning, drinking amounts and use of weather forecasts. We applied linear and logistic regression analyses using R.
Construction workers were younger and had less knowledge of heat-health impacts, but also reported fewer symptoms. Older females were more likely to report symptoms and visit a doctor. Access to air-conditioning in the bedroom depended on age and house ownership, but did not influence heat impacts as cooling was too expensive. Respondents who knew more heat exhaustion symptomswere more likely to report impacts (p< 0.01) or consult a doctor (p<0.05). Similarly, thosewho checkedweather updateswere more likely to report heat impacts (p< 0.01) and experienced about 0.6 more symptoms (p< 0.01). Even though occupation type did not explain heat illness, builders knewconsiderably less (40%; p<0.05) about heat than other groups butwere twice as likely to consult a doctor than street vendors (p < 0.01). Knowledge of preventive actions and taking these actions both correlated positively with reporting of heat-health symptoms, while drinking water did not reduce these symptoms (p < 0.01). Child carers and homeowners experienced income losses in heatwaves (p < 0.01). The differences support directed actions, such as dissemination of educational materials and weather forecasts for construction workers. The Red Cross assisted all groups with cooling tents, provision of drinks and health advice.

How to cite: Lohrey, S., Chua, M., Gros, C., Faucet, J., and Lee, J. K. W.: Perceptions of heat-health impacts and the effects of knowledge andpreventive actions by outdoor workers in Hanoi, Vietnam, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-4219, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-4219, 2022.

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