Fostering the development of planetary health research and education in Africa towards climate-resilient primary health care

01 September 2022 → 31 August 2027
Federal funding: VLIR-UOS
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Environmental impact and risk assessment
  • Social sciences
    • Migration
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Environmental health and safety
    • Primary health care
Sout Africa Climate change Africa Planetary health Planetary health care
Project description

Climate change is described as the most important public health challenge of the 21st century. The impact of climate change on primary health care and the adaptations needed to be climate-resilient have not received much attention in the African region. For the primary care provider, this will manifest as changes in conditions such as heat stroke, gastroenteritis, malnutrition, asthma, malaria, schistosomiasis, trauma, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Through this Team collaboration, we aim to create new evidence for African policy makers on how to develop climate-resilient primary health care and to embed principles of planetary health - an emerging discipline that studies the health effects of environmental changes that are taking places at a planetary scale - into the training of family physicians and primary care providers in the African region.