Wherever you are in the world, winter can be a deadly time of year; so much so that most countries measure excess winter deaths. By doing so, governments can see how many people lose their lives during winter and to what end, helping them to better understand the causes and what measures can be put in place to prevent winter mortality moving forwards.
For most countries, exposure to cold temperatures and a lack of accessible healthcare are leading causes of excess winter deaths. In countries like the UK, the government has the provisions necessary to reduce deaths through providing adequate housing and national healthcare that is free at the point of access, but this isn’t the case in developing countries.
ILM works across a number of developing countries around the world, providing life-saving aid in the way of shelter, clothes, healthcare, and food. For the communities we support, the need for assistance is there all year round, but it intensifies during winter.
What is Winter in Developing Countries Like?
Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Palestine are some of the main countries we work in. Located in Asia and the Middle East, many people mistakenly believe winter in these countries is warm and sunny, but this is not the case. Temperatures drop considerably and weather patterns become more extreme and unpredictable, making winter in these regions just as deadly, if not more so, than winter in the UK.
To highlight how cold it gets, use the interactive temperature map below.