Climate change is impacting health in a myriad of ways, including death and illness from increasingly frequent extreme weather events, such as heat waves, storms, and floods, the disruption of food systems, increases in zoonoses and food, water, and vector-borne diseases, and mental health issues.
Furthermore, climate change is undermining many of the social determinants of good health, such as livelihoods, equality, and access to health care and social support structures. These climate-sensitive health risks are disproportionately felt by the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sections of society, especially women, children older populations, and those with underlying health conditions. Cognizant of this fact, we have instituted mechanisms to radically empower communities with information, knowledge, and skills to conserve nature and be proud of it as their heritage through the implementation of innovative strategies aimed at combating climate change and its impacts. Such strategies include but not limited to;
- Restoration of the natural environment that has been depleted, in part, by the increasing population and through reckless human activities such as deforestation and farming in wetlands
- Massive public awareness campaigns and education on environmental conservation
- Promoting climate-smart agriculture, eco-tourism development, preservation of biodiversity, as well as protection of important water catchment areas
- Enhancing food and water sovereignty so as to ease pressure on the ecosystem as residents search for water and food, especially in periods of drought
- Supporting environmental conservation through encouraging fruit-tree growing as well as encouraging locals to plant indigenous tree species – Mituba (ficus Natalensis/Fig Tree), Misizi (Maesopsis Eminii), Misambya (Markhamia lutea) along the boundaries of their plots
- Sponsorship and participation in communal undertakings such as cleaning and ridding public places of polythene bags and plastic water bottles, as part of our CSR Policy