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The Jordan Times: Africa’s climate crisis is a health crisis


To remember;

  • Africa — continent most vulnerable to climate change
  • Africa contributed the least to atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse-gas emissions
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) COP27 2022 United Nations climate change conference > climate crisis = health crisis
  • Climate change > impacting health => more frequent + extreme weather events + more disease outbreaks
  • 90 per cent of global malaria burden
  • expansion of habitat malaria-carrying mosquitoes => new potential hotspots for infections.
  • Kenya > Zoonotic Disease Unit
  • One Health approach => greater emphasis on prevention

Levant's Agora

By Yacine Djibo.

The planet is losing its ability to support life as we know it, and nowhere is this clearer than in Africa — the continent that is most vulnerable to climate change despite having contributed the least to atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse-gas emissions. Beyond the increasingly frequent extreme weather, Africans are also facing increased risks to their health. As World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted just before the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) last month, “The climate crisis is a health crisis. Climate change is already impacting health in many ways, through more frequent and extreme weather events [and] more disease outbreaks.”

Climate change is a “threat multiplier” for diseases that are disproportionately prevalent in Africa. For example, the region accounts for over 90 per cent of the global malaria burden, and the WHO estimates that climate change will lead to an additional…

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