18 Priority Areas Identified in Inaugural Caribbean Climate Change and Health Research Agenda

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Washington, D.C., 19 March 2024 ― The first comprehensive research agenda for climate change and health in the Caribbean has been released. Entitled Research for Action on Climate Change and Health in the Caribbean: A Public, Private, People’s and Planetary Agenda, and it identifies 18 research priority areas for future study and capacity building. This document has been designed to help Caribbean countries accelerate achievement of their climate and health goals.

The Agenda was produced by the Caribbean Research for Action Agenda on Climate Change and Health consortium, which includes representation from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the University of the West Indies, the Center on Climate Change and Health at Yale School of Public Health, the Emory Rollins School of Public Health and the EarthMedic/EarthNurse Foundation for Planetary Health.

The process for the development of this Agenda began in October 2021 at a landmark Conference on Climate Change and Health in small island developing states (SIDS), and was produced through a consultative process involving inputs from Caribbean and regional stakeholders.

According to Dr. Karen Polson, Regional Advisor, Climate Change, PAHO/WHO, “this report highlights the need for research to provide the evidence required, not only to understand the impacts of climate change on health but to prepare the health systems and make the health argument for investments.”

Please access the report here.