Workshop in Tunis on climate change and vulnerability of healthcare facilities

The impact of climate change on the sector of health, the vulnerability of healthcare facilities and scientific research in climate change and health topped the agenda of a worskshop held Thursday in Tunis by the Health Ministry, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tunis Office. The sector's degress of readiness to adapt to these changes by means of reducing relevant risks was debated, the ministry said. Minister Ali Mrabet said there is need to take necessary measures to safeguard the gains made in the health sector and tackle new and emerging diseases by means of conducting prospective studies and developing strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change by 2035. Mrabet commended such initiatives which, he said, contribute to stepping up cooperation among all actors in such a way as to preserve natural resources and ensure health security and food self-sufficiency. Ibrahim EL-ZIK, WHO Representative (Tunis office), said the organisation is ready towork in collaboration with t he ministry and underpin its endeavours in implementation of a "One Health" approach - an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimise the health of people, animals and ecosystems. This is a collaborative approach to have a better understanding of and anticipate global health risks. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

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