More than 300 scientists, environmentalists and key stakeholders from Africa and Europe are due in Nairobi next week to address environmental health risks that may pose a big challenge in the realization of universal health coverage (UHC), organizers said on Thursday.
The Dec. 2-3 conference organized by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), in collaboration with UN Environment and other organizations are expected to review the impact of greenhouse gas (GHG) on health of people, animals and vegetation.
“We intend to emphasize the importance of prioritization of a coordinated national health and environment research agenda in order to support evidence-based policy and intervention formulation,” KEMRI director-general Yeri Kombe said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Kombe said increased linkages and collaboration between the multiple key stakeholders in health and environment sectors, was key to achieving the UHC.
He said air pollution and climate change are some of the major risks the delegates will address at the conference since they stand out as the greatest threat to human health and development, especially in the developing nations.
Nickson Otieno of the Niko Green said the conference will endeavor to impress upon policymakers the urgency of making policies that strengthen sectorial leadership, governance and coordination so as to mitigate the impacts of air pollution and climate change risks to health.
“The conference will identify a framework for integrated and sustainable planning and programming in financing of health relation to air pollution control, climate change and other related sector policies,” Otieno said. Enditem