Grenada Embraces Public Health Week

public health climate changeMonday, April 7th marks the beginning of the 2008 National Public Health Week (NPHW) which this year focuses on Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance.  April 7th this year was also World Health Day which honors the establishment of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Constitution on April 7, 1948.

The University lauds Grenada’s efforts to raise awareness of individual responsibility in a global world.  In an effort to raise awareness of the numerous hazards which range from extreme weather events to changes in the dynamics of infectious diseases, SGU’s Public Health Students Association, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine along with its Associate Professor and Environment Scientist, Dr. Hugh Sealy, have developed a series of week-long events designed to educate and empower both students and community members.

Public health organizations and agencies worldwide are observing this week to highlight the adverse effects that climate change has on the health of populations, and SGU is a part of this world wide effort.  It is incumbent upon all public health institutions to educate people to the very real consequences of climate change on health, but according to the WHO, the health effects are diverse and global in nature.

The World Health Organization states that the health impacts of climate change will be difficult to reverse in a few years or decades. However, if we make certain environmental, behavioral and policy changes, many of these possible impacts can be avoided or controlled. Additionally, many of the steps needed to prevent climate change will have overall positive health benefits.  St. George’s University is eager to communicate the connection between the way we lead our lives, our impact on the planet and the planet’s impact on our health.

The following are activities scheduled for this week: 

Monday, April 7 at 12:00 PM – Tree Planting Ceremony (location: between the gazebos in front of SD4 and SD6)

Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM – Movie: An Inconvenient Truth, followed by a discussion and Q&A session (location: DES Car Park/Courtyard) (refreshments will be sold)

Wednesday, April 9, at 8:00 PM –You Decide Program Television Program featuring Dr. Hugh Sealy (Community Channel 6 – Live broadcast).  Dr. Sealy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine & a Member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Thursday, April 10 – Campus Poster and Slogan Campaign (led by PHSA, public health students will erect slogans and poster related to the theme around campus.

Friday, April 11 – Visit to the Anglican High School by the PHSA and other public health students to engage them in an Interactive health education session on the impact of climate change on health.

Friday, April 11 – PHSA Fundraising Party
Funds from the movie and the party will be donated to charity for the prevention of malaria.

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Published on 4/11/08