Third Annual Meeting of Clim-HEALTH Africa

Johannesburg, 28 September – 02 October 2015

Third Annual Meeting of Clim-HEALTH Africa: Day 1


WHO, with the support of various partners and donors, has mobilized funds to carry out large-scale projects on the impact of climate change on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and water and vector borne diseases in selected countries. Several countries are being supported in conducting Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments (V&A). Furthermore, since 2012, The WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), with funding support from, and collaboration with, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has been supporting a research initiative on “Population Health Vulnerabilities to Vector-Borne Diseases: Increasing Resilience under Climate Change Conditions” in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

The 2015 meeting reviewed progress and opportunities, raised awareness, and invited new members to join the network and take next steps to advance and contribute to the implementation of Clim-HEALTH Africa. It brought together Clim-HEALTH Africa’s founding institutions, GIZ-funded V&A project countries, leaders of TDR/IDRC research initiative, as well as partners and donors interested in climate change and health in Africa.

The meeting was hosted by the Environment and Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC), Johannesburg, South Africa.


  • To review progress made by the network since its establishment including sharing lessons learned, challenges and defining next steps
  • To showcase the scope of climate and health work being implemented by various actors in the African region
  • To raise awareness of Clim-HEALTH Africa and expand its membership to new partners
  • To gain partner commitments to achieve a set of key activities for 2015-2016

Expected outcomes

  • Progress is made in the implementation of climate and health related projects in the African region over 2014-2015
  • Clim-HEALTH Africa membership is expanded to include new partners and institutions
  • Mechanisms of continuous dialogue between donors, governments, and expert organizations are instituted
  • Clim-HEALTH Africa’s operational plan for 2016 is developed and consensus reached on resource mobilisation, including on joint projects to be developed by the network

Report of the meeting

Background Documents for the Meeting

Powerpoint Presentation: The Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa: Addressing Environmental Risk Factors to Human Health and Ecosystem Integrity. A short presentation providing an overview of the Libreville Declaration and plans for its implementation.

Building African Capacity for Early Warning and Response Systems through Forecasting, Preventing and Managing Public Health Effects Of Climate Variability and Change. This document, drafted 2014, is a background paper on the International Network on Climate and Health for Africa. It includes the Clim-HEALTH Africa terms of reference, project brief and action plan, 2014-2018.

Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa Plan of Action for the Health Sector, 2012-2016. The plan of action is based on Decision CP16 of the UNFCCC COP16. This document, from 2012, describes the plan and how countries across the continent will implement it.