Cooperation between regional and international public health entities, along with other stakeholders, has enhanced the implementation of climate-resilient health strategies in the small island developing states (SIDS) across the Caribbean.
This is according to Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH).
In a statement, CIMH Principal Dr. David Farrell said that the continuing this collaboration hinges on effective information sharing. The Caribbean Health Climatic Bulletin, a quarterly publication jointly crafted by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), CIMH, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), serves as a pivotal tool. It is specifically distributed to Caribbean health ministries and various health-related organizations for wider dissemination.
“Experts from these institutions work together to predict the anticipated effects of upcoming seasonal climate conditions on a range of health conditions,” Farrell said, underscoring the dedication of these stakeholders to persist in their innovative partnerships with international research entities. Their aim is to elevate the effectiveness of health models influenced by climate, striving to enhance comprehensive climate-health advisories included in future bulletins.
“This will lead to further improved, climate-smart health decision-making in Caribbean SIDS,” he added.
This year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued its annual State of Climate Services report, cautioning that climate change poses a risk of undoing decades of advancements in health and well-being, notably impacting the most vulnerable communities.
This WMO report emphasized the vital requirement for personalized climate data and services to aid the healthcare sector amidst severe weather, air quality challenges, shifting diseases, and food/water concerns.
Moreover, it drew insights from over 30 collaborative partners, including CIMH, demonstrates the tangible impact of merged climate and health initiatives on daily life. These encompass early warning systems for extreme heat, pollen monitoring aiding allergy sufferers, and satellite surveillance tracking climate-sensitive diseases.
In the Caribbean, particularly in Dominica, health services have been enhanced, with climate-resilient infrastructure built in collaboration with MMC Development Ltd., a leading developing company that observes Dominica’s sustainability policies.
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