Despite growing awareness that climate change poses significant risks to human health, the historical role of the health sector in responding to these has been largely reactionary. This is particularly true in the Pacific. In this region, which is vulnerable in several ways, health ministries are hard pressed to formulate cost-effective solutions to reduce the health impacts of climate change in addition to simultaneously strengthening activities to address current health problems.

FSMed is currently engaged in activities for climate change at different levels:

FSMed recognises the health component of climate change projects and as such has encouraged staff to actively participate, where possible, on advisory committees, as well as play lead roles in ensuring that there is sufficient and appropriate guidance (with respect to health) on climate change activities in the region. It is envisaged that the academic institution’s collaborative activities will inform and assist Pacific Island health professionals to implement activities targeted towards reducing the health impacts of climate change in the region.

(Source: Council of Regional Organisations in the Paci­fic (CROP) Collaborating to Support Effective Response to Climate Change)

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