Opinion: Local activism is key to linking climate and health in Kenya

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    It is a known fact that as it stands now, the Sub-Saharan Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change and is very vulnerable to extreme weather events, despite contributing to only about 3.6% of global emissions.

    In East Africa, the rural ecosystem has been severely compromised by issues including deforestation, soil erosion, desertification, wetland degradation, and insect infestation.

    Heatwaves have become more prolonged, hotter, and more frequent as average temperatures rise — resulting in heat-related deaths that are frequently underreported in sub-Saharan Africa because heatwaves are not routinely monitored. Warm temperatures hasten the development of vector-borne viruses and parasitic diseases such as malaria, Rift Valley fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya bringing increased risk.

    Read more on this piece and let’s discuss.


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