The objective of this first global project on public health adaptation to climate change is to “increase adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practitioners, to respond to climate-sensitive health risks”. This will contribute to the broader goal of ensuring that “Health sectors are able to cope with health risks resulting from climate change, including variability”.
Fiji Project Objective
To increase the adaptive capacity of the health sector to respond to climate sensitive risks.
Key Health Concerns and Vulnerability to Climate Change
Fiji has conducted a study looking at which afflictions have a clear link with climate change. Dengue fever, diarrhoeal diseases (food and water borne) and nutrition-related illnesses were all shown to be linked to climate and have the potential to worsen with increasing climate change and variability.
Climate change (and the associated temperature rise) will impact dengue-fever by increasing the frequency of epidemics, as well as the possibility that a larger proportion of the population will be affected by each epidemic. With severe climate change there is even a chance that dengue will become endemic rather than occur in isolated epidemics. Improper water storage practices in water stricken areas have also been associated with an increase in mosquito breeding sites and the risk for related diseases.
Diarrhoeal disease may become more common if Fiji becomes warmer and wetter and if droughts and tropical cyclones occur more frequently, disrupting water supplies and sanitation systems.
Nutrition-related illnesses are most likely to be affected by increases in frequency and/or magnitude of tropical cyclone and drought events. Further, it is also likely that if climate change leads to economic and social disruption and environmental degradation, disadvantageous effects on health may be serious.
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Financing Amount550,000 USD
Dr Salanieta Saketa
Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health (Chair) Jyotishma NaickerMinistry of Healthpccaphh.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Steven Iddings
WPRO WHO Representative a.i.IddingsS@wpro.who.int
UNDP Senior Technical Advisor on Climate Change AdaptationUNDPpradeep.email@example.com
Public Health and Environment Department WHOWHOguillemotj@who.int
Communities living on Fiji’s inhabited islands