WHO Global Conference on ‘Health and Climate change” for SIDS of Africa
and South East Regions.
21-22 March 2018
Small Island Developing States
(SIDS) in view of their small size, geographical remoteness are prone to the
whims and vagaries of climate change. SIDS countries are vulnerable to the
phenomenon of climate change associated with increase in temperature and
gradual rise in sea level. Climate change bringing in its train natural
calamity has serious repercussion on the health sector.
The newly elected Director
General of WHO has announced that ‘health impacts’ of climate change will be
one of his priorities. For this reason WHO has ascertained that addressing
health effects of climate in Small Island States will appear prominently in the
WHO global programme of work for 2019-2023.
The WHO has therefore taken the
initiative to organize in geographically dispersed locations the global
conference on ‘Health and climate change’.
WHO has set its choice on
Mauritius as the venue of the global conference on ‘Health and climate change’
for Africa and South East Asia SIDS regions
The conference has been scheduled
from 21-22 March 2018 at Westin Resorts and Spa Turtle Bay, Balaclava.
The conference has been attended by an array of
eminent participants namely Ministers of Health and Ministers of Environment of
SIDS member countries, Dr St. John, Asst. Director General of WHO of Climate
and Determinants of Health, Dr Bagayoko of WHO Regional Office, Dr Boureima
Samba WHO Director Climate and Determinants of Health, delegates from WHO,
representatives and experts from SIDS members countries on aspects of Health
and Climate change
The conference has provided
unique opportunity to SIDS delegates to share experience to assemble, to get
together, to have in-depth, thorough in depth discussion. Through genuine forward
looking concentration frank innovative Action Plan has been elaborated. The
Action Plan will be submitted at the World Health Assembly of WHO in May 2018
and undertaking has been taken to express as one, united forceful voice the
need to accommodate Health within the overall package of financial assistance
for SIDS countries to steer on the path of growth and sustainable development.