March 19, 2024

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Joins Global Climate and Health Alliance to Advance Climate Action and Health Equity

March 19, 2024

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Joins Global Climate and Health Alliance to Advance Climate Action and Health Equity

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) is proud to announce its membership in the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), a global coalition of organisations dedicated to safeguarding public health from the impacts of climate change. By joining forces with GCHA, WBFA reinforces its commitment to advancing climate action and promoting health equity across Africa and beyond. This strategic collaboration underscores WBFA’s steadfast commitment to advancing resilience and planning, understanding the inextricable link between climate change and public health.

Climate change is intensifying the spread of vector-borne diseases and posing risks of malnutrition, waterborne illnesses, and heat stress, contributing to an estimated additional 250,000 deaths annually by 2030-2050, globally. Nigeria and Africa face significant challenges at the intersection of climate change and health, with projections indicating faster temperature rises than the global average and increased vulnerability to extreme weather events. Nigeria is already experiencing the exacerbation of existing health issues, particularly among vulnerable populations such as mothers, children, and adolescents. Yet, Africa accounts for only 3.9% of the world’s emissions of carbon dioxide – the smallest share among all world’s regions.

Her Excellency, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, expressed her delight about the membership, stating, “As we witness the increasing urgency of addressing climate change and its profound impact on public health, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is honoured to join forces with the Global Climate and Health Alliance. Through this partnership and network, we are poised to amplify our efforts in advocating for policies and programming which prioritise the health and wellbeing of communities most affected by climate-related challenges. Together, we will strive towards building a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.”

Dr. Francis Ogbise, Director of Programmes, Impact & Sustainability at The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, underscored the importance of collaboration in addressing complex global issues with an impact-centric approach. He stated, “Joining the Global Climate and Health Alliance aligns perfectly with WBFA’s mission to drive sustainable development and improve health outcomes. By leveraging our collective expertise and networks, we can advocate for evidence-based policies, implement innovative grassroots programmatic solutions, and empower communities to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on public health. Our membership underscores our commitment to fostering synergistic approaches towards achieving positive impact at scale and setting benchmarks for transformative change.”

Adanna Maduka, Director of Policy, Partnerships & Grants at The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, emphasised the transformative potential of the Alliance, highlighting WBFA’s strategic advocacy with WASH For Wellbeing, as exemplified in the WBFA Dettol Nigeria Hygiene Quest programme and its efforts in developing the facilitation initiative designed to accelerate progress toward water access and security for all people in developing countries with Accelerate Water, formerly Global Water 2020, remarking, “At WBFA, we recognise the critical intersection between climate change and public health. Our membership in the Global Climate and Health Alliance presents an exciting opportunity to catalyse meaningful change by influencing policy decisions, mobilizing resources, and fostering cross-sectoral collaboration. Together, we will work tirelessly to address the root causes of health disparities exacerbated by climate change and advocate for equitable, sustainable solutions that leave no one behind. Our targets include expanding our partnership network, advancing policy initiatives, and scaling up innovative programmes to achieve measurable impact in climate resilience and public health outcomes.”

In alignment with its commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 6, Good Health and Wellbeing, and Clean Water and Sanitation, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Dettol Nigeria Hygiene Quest programme has integrated climate education into its curriculum, which reaches children in schools, mothers in health facilities and families in communities across Nigeria. Alongside this, the WBFA Adolescent Skills and Drills, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programme, also pioneers a comprehensive approach to hygiene education which encompasses climate awareness and resilience-building strategies. By incorporating climate education into the PSHE and WASH curricula, our climate and health programming aims to equip individuals, particularly youth and mothers, with the knowledge and skills to address the interconnected challenges of climate change and public health. These initiatives highlight a commitment to empowering communities with the tools and resources necessary to thrive in a changing climate while promoting sustainable behaviours for the betterment of present and future generations.

Kehinde Akinsola, Programmes Lead for Kwara State at The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, spoke on the organisation’s dedication to integrating climate education into its programmatic coverage, particularly recognising its impact on the health of pregnant women and lactating mothers. Akinsola emphasised the importance of building the capacity of frontline health workers as educators to transform outcomes for schools, healthcare facilities and individuals in vulnerable communities, such as those in Kwara State, with the knowledge and skills to navigate the challenges posed by climate change and its direct implications on maternal and child health. Through frontline programming and homegrown initiatives, WBFA is committed to raising awareness about climate issues and implementing sustainable solutions that foster resilience and empower communities. Akinsola stated, “Climate education is not just a component of our work; it is a cornerstone of our commitment to building a healthier, more sustainable future for all.”

The Global Climate and Health Alliance welcomed WBFA as a member, acknowledging the foundation’s longstanding commitment to advancing health equity and sustainable development in Africa. Together, WBFA and GCHA will collaborate on initiatives aimed at strengthening climate resilience, promoting climate-smart policies, and empowering communities to build a healthier, more sustainable future.

As the world faces increasingly complex challenges, partnerships like this are essential for driving positive change and ensuring the health and wellbeing of present and future generations.


About the Global Climate and Health Alliance:
The Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), established in Durban in 2011, is dedicated to combating climate change and safeguarding public health. Comprising health and development organizations worldwide, the Alliance shares a vision of an equitable, sustainable future where the health impacts of climate change are minimized, and its co-benefits are maximised. The Alliance was launched following the inaugural Climate and Health Summit, which took place in 2011 during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Alliance members collaborate to integrate health considerations into global, regional, and local climate policies, with a focus on reducing health inequalities through both mitigation and adaptation efforts. Additionally, the Alliance encourages the health sector to take a leading role in climate action and raises awareness of the health risks associated with climate change. Through leadership, advocacy, policy, research, and engagement efforts, the Alliance strives to drive meaningful change and ensure a healthier, more resilient future for all.

About the Wellbeing Foundation Africa Climate and Health Strategy:
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) is at the forefront of pioneering frontline programming to address the intricate nexus between climate change and public health. With a steadfast commitment to promoting health equity and environmental sustainability, WBFA has developed a robust Climate and Health Policy & Strategy. This strategy encompasses dedicated programming initiated by WBFA since 2018, including the Adolescent Skills and Drills, Public Health and Hygiene Education (PSHE) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programme, a comprehensive approach to hygiene education which highlights climate awareness and resilience-building strategies, and interventions aimed at fostering better health outcomes in communities across Nigeria WBFA’s active participation in global and international climate forums, including the Conference of the Parties (COPs) since 2021, underscores its commitment to advocating for climate-sensitive policies and fostering global cooperation to mitigate the impacts of climate change on public health. Moreover, WBFA’s alignment with initiatives such as the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Terra Carta Seal, on which Her Excellency Toyin Saraki served as a distinguished panellist on the 2023 Terra Carta Seal Award Expert Review, demonstrates dedication to promoting sustainable practices and advancing environmental stewardship.

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