Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing in the North

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Introduction:

This site will cover an holistic perspective on features of health, wellbeing, cultural transitions, illnesses of northern residents and northern cultures. People living in the circumpolar region will require special needs sooner than was once speculated due to global warming and the melting of the permfrost releasing more carbons excelerating the global warming patterns around the polar regions.

The circumpolar region is known for its vast expanses and small populations, hence they have a tendency to congregate in urban areas for that sense of community.

ipy.JPGOstensibly, there will need to be more connections between the northern environment and human health & wellbeing. The issues such as the prevalence of new diseases, disruption to centuries of traditional hunting methods due to fauna and flora changes, greater circadian depression and the encroachment of temperate zone's ecology systems including new tropical migratory patterns are having a profound effect because of global warming on the lifestyles of the indigenous communities in the arctic regions.

The major focus of health research is in Indigenous peoples which is a significant proportion of population of some circumpolar regions. It is therefore, imperative that a sustainable health care system and health wellbeing services for the northern regions be established. This will involve health promotion , primary and preventative care and rehabilitation.

A circumpolar health statistical body does not currently exist, however steps are being taken towards one. An initiative of the International Polar year is the Sustainable Arctic Observing Networks (SAON).

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