Climate and Health
in the Pacific
This short intro video is the first in a series I've been making for the World Health Organisation over the past year and a half, covering the impacts of climate change on health in the Pacific.
I started work on these vids back in July 2019, when I visited the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, the Cook Islands, Fiji and finally Tuvalu.
In each country I was looking for people dealing directly with the health problems made worse by climate change.
And with the help of WHO and local staff I was lucky enough to find some truly exceptional people.
They include; Fiorenzo, a volunteer dietician working in the hospital in Honiara. Bobson, in charge of mosquito control in Majuro, in the Marshall Islands. Teretia, an environmental health officer monitoring water quality in South Tarawa, Kiribati. Celine, teaching young people how to find and grow traditional foods in the Cook Islands. And Loto, a nursing assistant in Tuvalu, helping patients and his own family cope with dengue and diabetes.
The videos were almost ready for release at the start of 2020, but then COVID hit and kinda changed things. With the WHO working on that these videos took a back-seat until now, when it's clear the ongoing threat of climate change has not relented during the COVID-19 crisis.
Stay tuned for more Pacific vids to come out soon.
Thanks and lots of love, Kim