Addressing the nexus between health, energy and climate by increasing capacity, financing and action on the ground
About a third of the world’s population still depends on dirty fuels and combinations of technologies to meet their basic daily energy needs for cooking. The resulting household air pollution leads to 3.2 million premature deaths annually from non-communicable diseases and pneumonia and is the main source of black carbon, responsible for around half of black carbon emissions. in the world.
On top of that, nearly a billion people around the world are served by healthcare facilities without reliable electricity, which limits access to essential and life-saving medical devices and significantly hampers quality, accessibility and reliability. health services provided. By October 2022, only 29% of the African population had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to limited access to cooling in health care facilities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, reliable cold chains are integral to improving health sector infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Additionally, the healthcare sector as a whole is responsible for 4.4% of global carbon emissions.
To tackle these global issues, the Global Health and Energy Action Platform (HEPA) aims to ensure universal access to clean and sustainable energy to protect public health and mitigate the effects of climate change.
HEPA aims to catalyze the scale of results required to achieve SDG 3 on health and SDG 7 on energy by:
- mobilize political commitment
- promote the development of global or national implementation roadmaps
- demonstrate leadership
- conduct advocacy and awareness-raising activities during high-level international engagements
- promote an interdisciplinary approach and bring together players from the health and energy sectors
This joint side event will showcase concrete actions, projects and programs that HEPA partners are implementing on the ground to accelerate energy access in healthcare facilities, including the deployment of cold chains and the improvement clean household energy in the most vulnerable communities.
Various HEPA partners working on health and energy issues are committed to accelerating action in these areas and will share their practical experience in various countries and regions. In addition, speakers will present examples on how to solve problems related to healthcare facilities and household energy and show how governments, ministries, other decision makers and stakeholders can be supported in a sustainable and effective way. .
Dr Maria Neira, Director Environment, Climate Change and Health, WHO
Mr. Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director for Energy and Extractive Industries, World Bank (TBC)
Ms Heather Adair-Rohani, Technical Officer Energy and Health and Air Quality and Health Officer, WHO
Mr. Ed Brown, Research Director, Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS)
Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, MP, CEO of TENN Network, Sierra Leone
Representative, World Bank/ESMAP (to be confirmed)
Gautam Narasimhan, Global Head of Climate, Energy and Environment, additional speakers from UNICEF (TBC)
The session will be broadcast live here