Sendy VEERABADREN – World Conference – French Red Cross
Impliquer les communautés dans la lutte contre les épidémies
This health and climate change conference is very important because the underprivileged populations with whom we work in our intervention zone, the Caribbean, are subject to these two issues head-on: both epidemics, which are becoming more and more prevalent and numerous: epidemics of Chikungunya, Dengue, Zika… but these populations are also subject to the effects of climate change: drying up of water sources, coastal infrastructure that are threatened knowing that we are on island states and then also weakening their livelihoods, agriculture in connection with droughts.
PIRAC runs an epidemic control programme on the French Guiana plateau, the “REMPART anti-vectoriel” programme, which aims to reduce the impact of these epidemics on populations.
The key message I came to this international conference on health and climate change is the importance of involving communities in the fight against epidemics. It is an essential lever that must be prioritised in strategies to combat epidemics.
This news is related to one of the 12 themes of the World Conference on Health and Climate Change.