The Problem: Climate change has had a significant impact on people’s health and well-being in the Caribbean region - disrupting physical, biological, economic, and ecological systems. These disturbances can exacerbate existing health inequalities and/or create new ones. Evidence and the recognition of climate and weather-related impacts on human health in the Caribbean has increased and Caribbean people have taken note of the abnormally hot days, floods, and repeated and prolonged droughts. It is further recognized how climate change negatively affects national socio-economic development. These events are impacting workers’ health, causing lost capacity and reducing labour productivity in vulnerable populations, already impacted by migration, and jeopardizing attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
- Strengthen the resilience of health services which, ultimately, aims at reducing the mortality and morbidity from the expected health consequences of climate change in the Caribbean countries.
- Work in a collaborative manner across organizations and nations to develop innovative products, methods and actions to prevent negative health consequences.
- Prepare systems to better adapt to the current unprecedented changes in the CARIFORUM community.
Overall objective: contribute to reduced mortality and morbidity from expected health consequences of climate change (CC) in Caribbean countries.
Outcome specific objective: Using a One Health approach within the CCH-IV framework, Caribbean countries have increased capacity to adapt and reduce the effects of CC on public health.
- Adapt and pilot PAHO/WHO tools to estimate health benefits of mitigation policies and interventions, in selected countries.
- Comprehensive Health Chapter in National Adaptation Plans (HNAP) for climate change prepared.
- Improved surveillance capacity of/by professionals working in the health sector and health-determining sectors, including through the development of climate-informed integrated systems and protocols to monitor/forecast selected environmental determinants of health (e.g. heat, water and sanitation) as well as health diseases (zoonosis, vector borne and foodborne diseases)
- Strong, effective Climate Change leadership among government officials, civil society, communities, environmental health professionals, and private sector through implementation of successful approaches, such as One Health.