The ‘Improving Implementation of Environmental Health Surveillance and Response to Climate Sensitive Health Risks in Kiribati’ project is implementing activities to improve the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, in particular the Environmental Health Unit. It will provide equipment and training to better enable Ministry of Health and Medical Services staff to monitor and respond to climate sensitive health risks.
The objective of the project activities is to increase the population’s resilience to the potential adverse effects of climate change through prevention and control of health risks that are affected by climate variability and change.
- Water-borne diseases, including diarrhoea and giardia. Diarrheal disease is an important determinant in the high rate of childhood mortality in Kiribati;
- Food-borne illnesses resulting from the presence of bacteria and toxins in food. This includes ciguatera, or fish poisoning; and
- Vector-borne diseases, particularly dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Click below for further information:
- Concept Note
- Project Design Document
- Project Planning Workshop
- Summary Information Sheet
- Formal Project Opening
- Climate change profile
- Epidemiology Data for Decision Making first and second workshop report
- Solar water disinfection (SODIS) and hand washing communications campaign
In Kiribati, the GCCA: PSIS project has supported:
- Preparation of a climate change communications strategy and provision of skilled communicators (see the Strategy).
- An assessment of the extent to which climate change has been mainstreamed into national and sectoral policies and plans (see a summary of the assessment).
- Workshop on the establishment of GIS for use in the Kiribati Health Portal (see report).
Training and capacity building
As part of the GCCA: PSIS project, several kinds of trainings have been delivered in Kiribati:
- Proposal preparation and log frame analysis- September 2013 (see the workshop report, impact evaluation, and learners guide) and June 2015 (see the workshop report, impact evaluation and learners' guide).
- Climate change and the media –August 2012 (see the workshop report and resulting climate change awareness video)
- See lessons learnt video produced as part of a series of nine country-specific climate change adaptation videos in 2015.
- National Lessons Learnt Workshop - November 2015 (see the workshop report)