Goal

To strengthen the resilience of African countries and communities through improved management of the public health effects of climate variability and through resource planning for climate-sensitive health outcomes, moving from the current reactive mode to a proactive mode.

Aims

Clim-Health Africa will serve as a virtual hub where expertise is shared.
Its intention is to develop the capacity of African health and climate communities, institutions, practitioners and negotiators to understand and integrate climate change challenges into policy, socio-economics, planning and programming. The aims include…

Aim-1

To develop mechanisms and institutional capacity for implementation of climate-based public health early warning systems in Africa.

Aim-2

To utilise early warning and response systems to provide timely response to climate-sensitive diseases and conditions.

Aim-3

To develop and implement a climate change and health communication strategy.

Aim-4

To provide African countries with priority support on urgent public health issues related to climate change.

Strategies

To develop and test climate-informed planning and forecasting data methods and tools in national decision making.

To use evidence-based climate-informed planning and forecasting information to support environmental and public health interventions.

To roll out the use of climate-informed planning tools including early warning and early response systems in order to prevent and mitigate public health impacts of climate variability and change in Africa.

Climate change is going to have a profound effect on health in Africa.
Clim-HEALTH Africa is a step towards addressing this.

Why?

Clim-HEALTH intends to contribute to the implementation of:

  • The Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa
  • The Luanda Commitment for the Implementation of the Libreville Declaration
  • The African Union Strategy for Climate Change and Health
  • The Global Framework of Climate Services
  • The Climate for Development in Africa Programme
  • The International Health Regulations

Guiding Principles and Priorities

Public health priorities related to climate

Research for development

Rational and cost-effective decision-making

Equity, gender sensitivity and sustainability

History

A poster on the Implementation of the Libreville Declaration

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2008

The first Interministerial Conference for Health and Environment was held in Africa in Libreville (Gabon). African ministers of Health and Environment from 52 African countries signed the Libreville Declaration. The aim of the declaration is to secure political commitment for catalysing the policy, institutional and investment changes required to reduce environmental threats to health, in support of sustainable development. The 11 priority actions of the Libreville Declaration commit countries to establishing a strategic alliance between health and environment as a basis for joint plans.

2009

To facilitate the process, the WHO-UNEP Joint Task Team developed the situation analysis and needs assessment (SANA) guide. The SANA process places ecosystems at the centre and assesses environment-related health factors and risks. The development and field testing of the SANA guide took place in Gabon and Kenya.

2010

SANA was initiated in 17 countries and completed in 12 countries. This resulted in the first SANA Synthesis Report. The second Interministerial Conference for Health and Environment in Africa was held and the Luanda Commitment for Implementation of the Libreville Declaration.

2012

The 14th African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) was held in Arusha, Tanzania – recalling the Libreville Declaration and Luanda Commitment and providing guidance to implement the key outcomes of Rio+20 on Sustainable Development.

2014

The SANA process was initiated in 39 countries and completed in 19 more. The National Plans of Joint Action (NPJA) were finalised in 17 countries and Intersectoral Action reports were finalised in 8 countries. A second SANA Synthesis Report was drafted.

2015

The third Interministerial Conference for Health and Environment in Africa was held in Johannesburg, South Africa.