FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH, NIGERIA

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH PROFILE

Nigeria a country in West Africa is a Federal republic comprising 36 states and a Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The States are further situated in six geo-political zones and divided into 774 Local Government Areas. The population is an estimated 170 million people.

Variations

Around the world, variations in climate are affecting, in profoundly adverse ways, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We are losing our capacity to sustain human life in good health.

Pollution

Air pollution is the single greatest environmental health risk we face. In 2012 alone, exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants killed more than 7 million people one in eight deaths worldwide.

Floods

Floods are increasing in frequency and intensity, creating breeding grounds for disease-carrying insects. Mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria, are particularly sensitive to changes in heat and humidity.

WHO Report

According to WHO estimates, climate change will cause an additional 250 000 deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. Most will likely perish from malaria, diarrhoea, heat exposure and under-nutrition.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE BIGGEST GLOBAL HEALTH THREAT OF THE 21ST CENTURY

The future of our children is in your hands!

Let us imagine a scenario where climate change is portrayed as increase in childhood asthma, or a surge in infectious diseases, or even an influx of heat-induced heart attacks. Would that have more meaning for the average citizen of the world? This is exactly what some climate change experts are hoping, as they steer the conversation about global warming toward the public health issues it raises. Indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of over 95,000 women and children annually in Nigeria alone.

PROGRESS MAP ON DELIVERABLES

Nationwide Distribution of free Clean Cookstoves and Solar Lights

“…In the 20th century we’ve understood that environment has an impact on public health…there are a whole host of public health impacts that are going to it homes, so we’ve got to do better in protecting the vulnerable. Ultimately, though, all our families are going to be vulnerable. You cannot cordon yourself off from the air or climate; communities and families should start putting pressure on elected officials to try to make something happen to reduce the impacts of climate change…”

President Barack Obama on the link between climate change and public health