The Cost of Climate Change, Conflict and Covid
The beginning of 2023 did not bring the expected further waning of Covid-19. Africans face a higher risk of disease outbreaks than others, and it is rising. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention acting director, says climate change forces people to migrate from disaster zones, increasing pathogen exposure. The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years. That left 47 million people in acute hunger, with disease outbreaks and climate-related health emergencies at century-high rates. At the end of 2022, the World Health Organization warned world leaders to find a way to lower temperatures. Covid-19 is still having an impact beyond disease and death. That pandemic disrupted health services. Hypertension, diabetes, and tuberculosis have gone untreated due to reduced travel and clinic attendance.