COP 27: Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA): Tackling the health-energy-climate nexus through increased capacity, finance and actions on the ground – World Health Organization

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Energy

Around one third of the population worldwide still rely on polluting fuels and technology combinations to meet their basic daily energy needs for cooking. The resulting household air pollution leads to 3.2 million premature deaths each year from noncommunicable
disease and pneumonia and is the largest source of black carbon, responsible for around half of black carbon emissions globally. In addition to that, close to a billion people globally are served by health facilities without reliable electricity, limiting access to essential and lifesaving medical devices and dramatically hampering the quality, accessibility and reliability
of health services delivered. As of October 2022 just 29% of Africa’s population has received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This along with limited access to cooling in health facilities in especially Sub-Saharan Africa, reliable cold chains
are integral to improving health sector infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Moreover, the health sector overall is responsible for 4.4% of global carbon emissions.To tackle these global issues, the global Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA) aims to ensure universal access to clean and sustainable energy to protect public health and to mitigate the effects of climate change.HEPA aims to catalyse the scale of results required to achieve SDG 3 on health and SDG 7 on energy by:mobilising political commitmentpromoting the developmen …

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