Climate change threatens millions of lives in East Africa

Before the world climate conference in Egypt, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of the effects of climate change on the health of millions of East Africans.

The World Health Organization WHO has warned of the consequences of climate change for Africa’s population. “Already here and now he has climate change Impact on the health of Africans in the Horn of Africa,” said WHO Regional Director Matshidiso Moeti in Brazzaville on Thursday. She is urging the responsible politicians to get involved in the forthcoming UN climate conference (COP27) to urgently agree on a solution to slow down temperature rise.

According to the WHO, there were 39 health emergencies in the east of the continent in the first ten months of this year. “Outbreaks of anthrax, measles, cholera, yellow fever, chikungunya, meningitis and other infectious diseases” are responsible for more than 80 percent of emergencies. The diseases are being driven by the worst drought in more than 40 years and flooding in countries like that South Sudan.

The WHO warns that the “climate-related health crisis” is worsening. According to Moeti, the number of people suffering from hunger in the Horn of Africa has doubled in the past four years. This “exponential increase in misery” must be stopped. The health diplomat: “Sickness often stands between malnutrition and death.”

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