WHO plan addresses health and climate change

THE World Health Organisation has brought together Pacific government leaders, climate change champions and technical experts to develop the Pacific Action Plan for the WHO Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States, which covers 22 Pacific Island countries and areas.
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Left to right: WHO assistant director-general for climate and other determinants of health, Dr Joy St John; Cook Island’s Minister of Health, Justice and Parliamentary Services, Nandi Tuaine Glassie; Fiji’s Minister of Health and Medical Services, Rosy Sofia Akbar; and Dr Corinne Capuano, WHO director of pacific technical support and representative for the South Pacific.

Staff Reporter

The special initiative aims to protect people living in small island developing states from the health impacts of climate change by strengthening health systems with knowledge, resources and technology to respond to extreme weather events.
 
Effects of climate change such as rising sea levels and increasingly severe weather events are not only destroying homes, medical facilities and other essential services, but also threatening the overall health and safety of Pacific Islanders.
 
WHO's first assistant director-general for climate and other determinants of health Dr Joy St John opened the event in Nadi, Fiji.
 
"As a citizen of Barbados, another small island developing state, I understand how climate change is having such extreme impact on our countries," she said.
 
"This is why I am so passionate about this initiative and I am committed to pushing for practical solutions and action to address the heath impacts of climate change."
 
The event was also attended by Fiji's minister of health and medical services Rosy Sofia Akbar, the Cook Islands' minister of health, justice and parliamentary services Nandi Tuaine Glassie, and Dr Corinne Capuano, WHO director of Pacific technical support.

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