|Session title||Planetary Health|
|Coordinator||Ms. Melvine Anyango
|Hosts||University of Eldoret, Tree Adoption Uganda|
|Session abstract||Planetary Health is the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends (The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, 2015). It is an emerging field that shares Global Health’s focus on achieving health equity for all populations and emphasizes on urgency and scale. There is increasingly short-time frame in which we may be able to address the environmental degradation that impacts on human health. Planetary Health has an ‘action orientation’ that urges us to work together in order to assure the current and future generations long and healthy lives.
Africa’s response to environmental and health problems is characterized by slow pace and unclear policies to support required actions. Africa concertedly needs to share ideas, benchmark and facilitate transfer of knowledge across the continent.
In Africa, we are witnessing imbalances across the intersection of ecosystem and human health including loss of biodiversity, climate change, air and water pollution, insecure food systems and urban sprawl that is out of control. Planetary Health brings awareness to these challenges by encouraging students, researchers, policymakers and practitioners across all disciplines to view our health and the health of our environment in a holistic way, because the quality of one affects the quality of the other. This inaugural workshop aims to build leadership and teamwork, promote awareness and create a platform for learning from each other in Africa in order to find solutions to the challenges and imbalances of Planetary Health in Africa.
|Session Format||Workshop 13|
|Chairs||Chair: Co-Chair: Prof Andrea Winkler
|Speakers||Topics of Discussion||Contact||Status|
(Civil Society)Dr. James Jowi
|Networking possibility, links and challenges in Africa.||firstname.lastname@example.org
|Principal Education Officer East African Community Secretariat in Arusha.|
(Policy)Prof. Osano Odipo
|Policy making implementation aspect in connection with livestock and one email@example.com
|Member of Planetary Health, Board Member of SEGH, a veterinarian qualified in veterinary public health and environmental toxicology and a Lecturer University of Eldoret.|
(Academia)Prof. Akinade Shadrack Olatunji
|Geogenic resources of both pollutants and nutritional elements and their positive and negative impacts on firstname.lastname@example.org
|Professor, Department of Geology at Ibadan University of Nigeria.|
(Government)Dr. Nicole de Paula
|Women leadership in Planetary Health||Nicole.dePaula@iass-postdam.de||Klaus Töpfer Sustainability Fellow
currently at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS).Executive Director of the Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI).
(Youth)Ms. Salina Abraham
|The challenges and the role of the youth in participating and advocating for climate action for health in Africa.||S.Abraham@cgiar.org||President of the International Forestry Students’ Association. Youth Coordinator at the Global Landscapes Forum.|
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