“We are sharing detailed approaches to deploying the KCIC model to support the identification and implementation of projects with climate change and health nexus,” she said. “As an organisation we will participate in the development of projects and will support MSMEs that have ideas that will address the impact of climate change on people’s healths.”
“Most countries in Africa, while bearing the brunt of climate change, are unfortunately least able to prepare and cope. This, coupled with weak health infrastructure will exacerbate the impact of climate change on health if the different stakeholders do not act fast enough. Amref has for a long time focused on strengthening community health systems to promote health and resilience in dealing with health threats to our communities. We will leverage our existing relationships with the Ministry of Health, national and county leadership and communities to address the impact of climate change on health. We are excited about this partnership with KCIC who bring in immense experience in climate change which will enable synergies in addressing this nexus,” he said.
A recent report by Amref reported that the impact of climate change has exposed a number of families to desperate situations, with some being forced carry out Female Genital Mutilation on girls as young as 13 to prepare them for early marriages in exchange for cattle. To catalyse the efforts, the two organisations will also pursue strategic partnerships with donors, non- and for-profits, academia, and media which will accelerate realization of the objectives of the MoU. The MoU that came into effect today will see the two organisations offer technical and management cooperation in the design and implementation of various climate change and public health interventions. It aims to build the capacity of various stakeholders and especially communities to effectively address climate change and public health.
From the MoU, the two organisations will jointly roll out communication on climate change and public health issues and create advocacy with climate and health policymakers, practitioners, civil society and the broader public on communicating and preventing climate risks. Through the collaboration, KCIC and Amref will also spearhead collaborative research and targeted trials that will showcase innovations in addressing climate change and public health. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Director for Public Health in Kenya Dr. Anthony Wainana who applauded the two organisations for identifying a need in the health sector and addressing it.
As a government we have prioritised mainstreaming climate change adaptation into the health sector; increasing the resilience of human settlements, including improved solid waste management in urban areas. It is anticipated these efforts will reduce the incidence of malaria and other vector-borne disease, promote recycling to divert collected waste away from disposal sites, climate proof landfill sites, control flooding in human settlements and promote green buildings. We welcome this and shall support this and other partnerships to address this very profound need in the country, to mitigate the impacts of climate change on people’s health.”