My name is Kyra Lilier and I am a fifth-year medical student at the University of Münster (Germany) with a passion for Global Health. Volunteering in a hospital in Zimbabwe fuelled my enthusiasm to explore this field further in an elective course on Humanitarian Aid and by engaging in a students’ initiative to promote Global Health at universities worldwide. Through my interdisciplinary commitment over the last year, I developed a new focus on Planetary Health, dedicated to targeting Climate Change as the major Global Health crisis of the 21st century.
My research aims to contribute to understanding the health consequences of Climate Change by conducting qualitative research in Bangladesh, a country already suffering from changing climate conditions. My focus is on the under-researched topic of mental health and psychological implications and experiences of populations strongly affected by climate change, and on how to support and strengthen their wellbeing.