1 April 2021
Up to 55 000 premature deaths can be saved in Accra, one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, through sustainable modes of transport, a new report by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Urban Health Initiative has found.
With improved air quality and increased physical activity due to better transport, an additional 33 000 lives can be saved over the next 35 years and US$ 15 billion in health costs averted, according to the report entitled Health and economic impacts of transport interventions in Accra …
1 June 2020
The Third Interministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa (IMCHE3) took place from 6-9 November 2018 in Libreville, Gabon. Building on the progress and valuable lessons learnt since the first IMCHE in Libreville in 2008, the aim of the conference was to serve as a platform for countries to reaffirm commitments to working at the intersection of environment and health. This meeting produced a number of outputs including the Strategic Action Plan To Scale Up Health And Environment Interventions In Africa 2019 –2029. This and many other resources are now available for download …
26 April 2017
Public health policy makers and practitioners are increasingly concerned about the impact that climate, environmental and social changes might have on the effectiveness of current and future vector-borne disease control and elimination programs. Yet, while climate change adaptation programs are increasing in scope and resourcing, an identified gap remains in research and professional capacity to use climate information in decision making….
5 May 2017
WHO is spearheading an ongoing initiative, the WHO UNFCCC Climate and Health Country Profile Project. Through a consultation and review process involving cross-sector collaboration, these country profiles provide information on climate hazards and health risks tailored to Ministers of Health, health decision-makers and advocates.
20 April 2017
USAID has issued a new report, Risk Expands, But Opportunity Awaits: Emerging Evidence on Climate Change and Health in Africa. This report presents evidence on the effects of climate change risks on the health sector in Africa. It illustrates climate threats to health and development investments and highlights opportunities to achieve health targets in Sub-Saharan Africa in the face of climate change.
8 March 2017
The TDR-IDRC Research Initiative on Vector Borne Diseases in the Context of Climate Change is in its final year. This initiative supports five research projects across seven countries in Africa. The focus of these projects has now shifted from data collection to sharing of new knowledge. The teams involved are finding innovative ways of sharing their research findings beyond the academic sphere – including with policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and end users.
17 February 2017
The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) is an international partnership of producers and users of climate information. In Malawi and Tanzania, the GFCS is helping to build capacity for the development of sector specific climate services, and to increase the access and use of these services for improved health preparedness, food security and disaster risk-reduction.
23 December 2015
The first universal climate change agreement has just been announced, and presented as a great success, for the planet, and for multilateral diplomacy. The WHO COP team note that the first universal climate change agreement…