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WHO looks at effects of climate change on small island states

Water rising in Marshall Islands. [Photo: RNZI/Giff Johnson]

The World Health Organisation is launching a programme to address the health effects of climate change in Small Island Developing States, including Fiji.

Fiji was represented by Philip Davies, Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Services, in negotiating the agreement during a meeting of the Board in Geneva, Switzerland.

The programme will seek to ensure that health systems in these states are resilient to extreme weather and climate-sensitive disease by 2030.

It aims to support advocacy, providing evidence to justify investment, facilitate access to climate finance, and help to establish climate-resilient health facilities.