Long Term Initiative For Environmental Health Protection in Africa

(LIFE Africa)


According to World Health Organization (WHO); about one-third of Africa’s disease burden is attributable to environmental hazards.


Environmental Health Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa is focused on addressing Sub-Saharan Africa’s growing urban and industrial pollution issues. Issues related to safe air, water and sanitation quality, waste products from homes and electronics inclusive. Human biology, health and lifestyle behaviors are strongly influenced by the environment


LIFE Africa as part of Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine’s lifestyle activities is a project designed at protecting human health and particularly the vulnerable population.



According to Schneider et al. (2007), Africa is likely to be the continent most vulnerable to climate change. Floods, droughts and rising sea levels are just some of the environmental challenges of climate change and directly impact the health of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.


No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa. Given its geographical position, the continent will be particularly vulnerable due to the considerably limited adaptive capacity, exacerbated by widespread poverty and the existing low levels of development.


The LIFE Africa project will focus, among other things on advocacy to persuade African governments to launch strategies to address this issue. African countries should focus on investing in research and advisory services to develop and disseminate adaptation options, and scaling up investments that build resiliency.


Africa’s human existence and development is under threat from the adverse impacts of climate change. Its population, ecosystems and unique biodiversity will all be major victims of global climate change.


Climate change, variability and associated increased disaster risks are an additional burden to sustainable development in Africa, as well as a threat and impediment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Some of the projected impacts of climate change in Africa:

  • By 2020, between 75 and 250 million people in Africa are projected to be exposed to increased water stress due to climate change.

  • By 2020, access to food, in many African countries is projected to be severely compromised, further adversely affecting food security and exacerbating malnutrition. Thus, further contributing to poor health of the population.


Children, the elderly and the poor are most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects, including those related to heat stress, air pollution, extreme weather events and diseases carried by food, water and insects.


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