The Project is developing systems and response mechanisms to strengthen the integration of climate change risks into the Health sector. The aim is to shift the current response capacity of the Health sector from being reactive towards being more anticipatory, deliberate and systematic. Project actions will identify, implement, monitor, and evaluate adaptations to reduce likely future burdens of malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, and cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), priority climate change-related health issues identified by national stakeholders. Current pilot interventions are running in Keta District (Volta region), Gomoa West District (Central Region), and Bongo District (Upper East Region) to demonstrate the effectiveness of improved disease surveillance and response in reducing the burden of climate-sensitive diseases.

Objectives and beneficiaries

To identify, implement, monitor, and evaluate adaptations to reduce current and likely future burdens of malaria, diarrheal diseases, and meningococcal meningitis in Ghana.

Strong points of the practice

Concentrating in climate change impacts on health and allowing the interaction with citizens and web users through the website.

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Component 1
Strengthen technical capacities to manage climate change-related health risks.
Improved national and local health technical sector capacity to plan for and manage climate change related alterations in the geographic range and/or incidence of climate-sensitive health outcomes, including malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and meningococcal meningitis.

Component 2
Climate change health risk mainstreamed into decision-making at local and national health policy levels.
Mechanisms established for cross-sectoral coordination to support climate change-resilient health policy formulation and implementation at national and local policy-making levels.

Component 3
Information management and effective dissemination of climate change health risk knowledge base.
‘Lessons learned’ collected and knowledge management components established.

Replicability potential of the practice

Developing countries and regions sensitive to heavy climate change impacts on human health.