PathFinder Partnerships' Day: Championing Women-Led Health and Climate Resilience

With a focus on dialogue, idea exchange, and collaboration, the event sought to lay the groundwork for building a climate-resilient health sector in the country. Notable figures such as Dr. Herbert Nabaasa, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Health at the Ministry of Health, Uganda, and Hon. Anifa Kawooya Bangirana, State Minister of Health, graced the occasion as keynote presenters and guests of honor, respectively.

Apr 11, 2024 - 16:02
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PathFinder Partnerships' Day: Championing Women-Led Health and Climate Resilience

KAMPALA - In a landmark event held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel in March 2024, PathFinder Partnerships' Day convened stakeholders from across Uganda to address the critical intersection of women-led health and climate resilience. With a focus on dialogue, idea exchange, and collaboration, the event sought to lay the groundwork for building a climate-resilient health sector in the country. Notable figures such as Dr. Herbert Nabaasa, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Health at the Ministry of Health, Uganda, and Hon. Anifa Kawooya Bangirana, State Minister of Health, graced the occasion as keynote presenters and guests of honor, respectively.

Uganda's participation in COP28 in Dubai served as a backdrop, highlighting the nation's proactive stance on addressing the nexus of climate change and public health. Through declarations and commitments, Uganda underscored its dedication to combating climate-related health challenges. The Ministry of Health's development of the Uganda National Climate Change Policy further underscored the country's commitment to sustainable development and a green economy.

During the event, Dr. Herbert Nabaasa emphasized the profound impact of climate change on health systems in Uganda. From increased malaria incidence among vulnerable populations to the destruction of health facilities and sanitation challenges, the repercussions of climate change on public health are vast and urgent. However, Dr. Nabaasa remained optimistic, stressing the importance of collaboration and coordination among partners to effectively address these challenges. The Ministry of Health outlined key interventions aimed at tackling climate change and its health implications. These interventions include advocating for transformative leadership and financing, supporting resilient health systems, and promoting sustainable conservation efforts within communities. Additionally, Gilbert Rubaihayo, LCV Chairperson of Kyenjojo district, underscored the need to address poverty and population growth, which contribute to environmental degradation.

The Health and Climate Leader's Forum, championed by Pathfinder Uganda in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and various stakeholders, emerged as a crucial initiative. This forum aims to engage diverse stakeholders in integrating climate-resilient interventions into their core business practices, signaling a commitment to collective action and sustainability.

Dr. Richard Kabanda, Commissioner of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health, emphasized the importance of adopting a holistic approach to addressing climate change's broader health impacts. Integrating climate considerations into daily programming and government initiatives is critical to mitigating these challenges effectively.

Pathfinder Uganda's longstanding commitment to women-led health and climate resilience was showcased through its comprehensive journey. From pioneering community health worker programs to championing environmental conservation and family planning, Pathfinder has been at the forefront of sustainable development in Uganda. Their key accomplishments, including improvements in maternal and child health indicators and significant contributions to climate resilience, underscore their dedication to transformative change.

PathFinder Partnerships' Day served as a pivotal moment for Uganda's health and climate resilience agenda. With commitments made, partnerships forged, and strategies outlined, stakeholders are poised to tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change and public health with renewed vigor and collaboration. Through collective efforts and sustained action, Uganda can pave the way towards a healthier, more resilient future for all.

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