Improving health and resilience to climate change in West Africa


  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•12•02    09:00 - 2011•12•03    17:00

    From 2 to 3 December, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), together with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University , University of Tokyo, University of Ghana and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, will co-organize a joint workshop on the impact of climate and ecosystem change on health and human well-being in West Africa. The workshop aims to understand how ecosystem and climate change affects human health and explore research strategies needed to protect vulnerable communities in the West African region.

    Climate and ecosystem changes have impacted on human health for millennia and yet they retain the potential to affect lives in several direct and indirect ways, at varying levels of severity. In semi-arid Africa, extreme weather events associated with climate/ecosystem changes (for example, storms, floods, droughts and heatwaves) have affected some of the most basic determinants of health. These events have not only impacted on agricultural production, but have also increased the frequency and intensity of infectious and vector-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and cholera in both urban and rural Africa.

    Understanding threats posed by climate change to ecosystem and public health has become a critical issue that requires cooperation among health and biodiversity-related studies. To date, however, the link between these areas of study have not been fully explored. This international workshop will include a public forum in which renowned experts will give keynote lectures on medicinal plant resources and climate change. This will be followed by two sessions on the SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) projects in which project members present their research updates. The second and final day is a wrap-up session to discuss the future of both projects. Friends of SATREPS, young researchers and fieldworkers from partnering Ghanaian research institutes will share their research and experience with the public.

    For more details and registration, please see the UNU-ISP website.

  • NMIMR Conference Hall, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
    University of Ghana
    Accra, Ghana