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New Action Plan Calls for Health to be Front and Centre of Climate Change Planning in the Caribbean

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Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa F. Etienne.

CASTRIES,
St Lucia, Tuesday May 14, 2109
– An Action Plan
has been developed by countries and territories of the Caribbean, establishing a
roadmap to ensure that health is front and centre of national climate change
planning in the region.

The ‘Caribbean Action Plan on Health and Climate
Change’ focuses on protecting the health of Caribbean populations from the
effects of climate change, such as heat waves, storms, hurricanes, droughts,
floods, outbreaks of disease, and other issues, by strengthening health
systems, promoting intersectoral collaboration between the health and
environment sectors, and increasing financing.

In order to achieve this, countries and territories
of the Caribbean have agreed to take national and regional actions to
strengthen educational and research capacities on climate change and health; to
build climate-resilient health facilities throughout the region; to improve
health surveillance; and to develop weather and climate-related preparedness,
response and recovery plans.

The Action Plan was launched earlier this month by
the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa F.
Etienne, during a meeting with the Minister of Health of Grenada, Nickolas
Steele, and other high-level officials in Comfort Bay Home for the Elderly, a
facility that forms part of PAHO’s SMART initiative, supporting member states
to become more climate resilient, in St. Lucia.

“Climate change is one of the greatest threats
to the future of our islands and the health of our people,” said Dr
Etienne. “To this day, many islands are still recovering from hurricanes
Harvey, Irma and Maria which, as we all know, caused devastation of epic
proportions in 2017. It is our responsibility to place health in the climate
change agenda.”

The plan is the regional outcome of the World
Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change’s (UNFCCC) Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Small
Island Developing States. It was developed and approved during the Third Global
Conference on Health and Climate Change: Special focus on Small Island
Developing States in Grenada, in October last year, which was attended by 14
Caribbean Ministers of Health and Environment.

The Action Plan highlights the need to facilitate
access to climate and health financing mechanisms and proposes a series of
measures, including strengthening capacities and coordination to access
resources at a regional level, and developing mechanisms to implement
multi-country projects on climate change and health.

“We know that there are funds available to
promote climate resilience. We must ensure that health issues are included in
every climate change project submitted to these funding mechanisms,” said
the PAHO Director.

During the ceremony, Minister Steele thanked PAHO
for its support and leadership in climate change and health and assured Dr
Etienne that he would continue to support the action plan and that he would
encourage other governments in the Caribbean to do the same. He highlighted the
experiences of Dominica, which show how years of development can be destroyed
in just a few hours. For this reason it is vital that the Region acts now to
become more resilient to climate change and protect future generations.

Dr Etienne highlighted that due to its location,
the Caribbean will likely continue to face increased exposure to
climate-related disasters. Not only could these events have a direct impact on
health systems and facilities, but they could also lead to “increased
vulnerability to diseases; stress on freshwater supplies; and economic decline
in vital sectors – such as tourism, agriculture and fisheries.”

She emphasized that the organization stands ready
to support countries to implement the actions proposed in the Caribbean Plan.
“We have been working incessantly to provide capacity building and
technical support for the development of Health National Adaptation Plans, to
identify adaptation needs in the health sector, and to address health system
vulnerabilities,” she said.

The Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health
in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), was launched in 2017 at the 23rd
Conference of the Parties (COP-23) of the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany. The
initiative responds to requests by SIDS and recognized their unique vulnerabilities
to climate change.

The initiative began with the III Global Conference
on Health and Climate Change: Special Focus on SIDS, in 2018, which was held in
the Pacific (Fiji), the Indian Ocean (Mauritius) and the Caribbean (Grenada).

The vision of the initiative is to ensure that by 2030, all SIDS health systems are resilient to climate variability and change.

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Haïti – FLASH : Plus de 2,500 cas, hausse dans 8 départements

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Haïti – FLASH : Plus de 2,500 cas, hausse dans 8 départements
03/06/2020 05:16:48

Haïti - FLASH : Plus de 2,500 cas, hausse dans 8 départements

Le Ministère de la Santé Publique informe que 281 nouveaux cas ont été confirmés en Haïti (la veille : +102), pour un total de 2,507 cas sur l’ensemble du territoire national (40.7% de femmes et 59.3% d’hommes) depuis le premier cas (19 mars 2020 https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html ).

3 nouveaux décès ont été enregistrés : 2 dans l’Artibonite et 1 dans le Nord-Est, portant le total à 48.

Le nombre de cas actifs (moins décès et guérisons) est maintenant de 2,435 cas (+12,89%) +278 cas en 24h (la veille : +101)

Nombre de cas suspects : 5,562 cas (+5.54%) +292 (la veille : +26)

Tous les détails dans notre bulletin quotidien de 11h00 a.m.

Lire aussi :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30928-haiti-covid-19-bulletin-quotidien-2-juin-2020.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30922-haiti-flash-2-226-cas-le-covid-19-poursuit-sa-progression.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html

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