COP27 Climate Change Conference: Urgent Action Needed for Africa and the World

Document Type : Editorial


1 Editor in Chief, East African Medical Journal, Nairobi, Kenya

2 Editor in Chief, West African Journal of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria

3 Editor in Chief, Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research, Freetown, Sierra Leone

4 Editor in Chief, Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences, Jimma, Ethiopia

5 Editor in Chief, Annales Africaines de Medecine, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

6 Editor in Chief, Annals of African Surgery, Nairobi, Kenya

7 University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

8 Editor in Chief, African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine, Stellenbosch, South Africa

9 London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene, London, UK

10 Editor in Chief, Curationis, Pretoria, South Africa

11 Editor in Chief, Ghana Medical Journal, Accra, Ghana

12 Editor in Chief, African Journal of Reproductive Health, Ondo City, Nigeria

13 Executive Editor, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Cairo, Egypt

14 Director of Health Promotion, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Cairo, Egypt

15 Director of Publication, Mali Médical, Bamako, Mali

16 Managing Editor, Journal de la Faculté de Médecine d’Oran, Oran, Algeria

17 Editor in Chief, African Health Sciences, Kabale, Uganda

18 Editor in Chief, Evidence-Based Nursing Research, Cairo, Egypt

19 Editor in Chief, East African Medical Journal, Eldoret, Kenya

20 Editor in Chief, Tunisie Medicale, Tunis, Tunisia

21 University of Winchester, Winchester, UK




The 2022 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a dark picture of the future of life on earth, characterised by ecosystem collapse, species extinction, and climate hazards such as heatwaves and floods.1 These are all linked to physical and mental health problems, with direct and indirect consequences of increased morbidity and mortality. ... (Read more...)


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