Protecting health from climate change in Kyrgyzstan

WHO/Artur Buiuklianov

Handover by the Minister of Health to the German delegation of the continuation of work on climate change and health

Kyrgyzstan is intensifying its activities on health protection from climate change. This week the Minister of Health agreed to the development of a health adaptation strategy and action plan to protect human health. An assessment carried out by a national working group revealed growing risks from the spread of infectious diseases, as well as growing cardiovascular mortality related to changes in extreme temperatures. The health component under the leadership of the Ministry of Health will be included into the overarching programmatic developments in the country.

A broad health promotion and education campaign has also been launched across the country, including:

  • the training of 2470 representatives of rural health committees;
  • the development of a national 10 minute broadcast film; and
  • the production of an educational film “Let’s save health from the consequences of climate change“ which was made into 1500 copies and distributed as a training tool for communication and education for all rayons and oblasts.

The next steps will include energy efficiency and solar energy for remote hospitals with lack of access to hot water and continuous electricity.

This initiative is part of a joint project between WHO and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservationand Nuclear Safety (BMU) in seven eastern European countries.