Health stakeholders meet to develop Pacific action plan

Participants at the meeting to Develop the Pacific Action Plan for WHO Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Nadi today. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

Participants at the meeting to Develop the Pacific Action Plan for WHO Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Nadi today. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

Update: 5:36PM A TWO-day meeting to Develop the Pacific Action Plan for the World Health Organisation Special Initiative on Climate Change and Health in Small Island Developing States began in Nadi today.

WHO Climate and Other Determinants of Health assistant director general Dr Joy Saint John said the meeting was a direct response from WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom after hearing concerns on the health sector raised by Pacific island leaders at the COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, last year.

“He (Dr Tedros) heard stories from throughout the Pacific where most extreme weather events are taking lives and having devastating impacts on livelihoods, and in most extreme cases such as those from Kiribati and Tuvalu where rising sea levels are contaminating water surfaces, making it hard to find water sources or to grow crops,” she said.

The meeting will end with the compilation of a WHO Action Plan on Health and Climate.

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