COP27 Climate Change Conference: urgent action needed for Africa and the world

Conferencia sobre cambio climático COP27: se necesita una acción urgente para África y el mundo


  • Lukoye Atwoli Editor-in-Chief, East African Medical Journal
  • Gregory E. Erhabor Editor-in-Chief, West African Journal of Medicine
  • Aiah A. Gbakima Editor-in-Chief, Sierra Leone Journal of Biomedical Research
  • Abraham Haileamlak Editor-in-Chief, Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
  • Jean-Marie Kayembe Ntumba Chief Editor, Annales Africaines de Medecine
  • James Kigera Editor-in-Chief, Annals of African Surgery
  • Laurie Laybourn-Langton University of Exeter
  • Bob Mash Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
  • Joy Muhia London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene
  • Fhumulani Mavis Mulaudzi Editor-in-Chief, Curationis
  • David Ofori-Adjei Editor-in-Chief, Ghana Medical Journal
  • Friday Okonofua Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Reproductive Health
  • Arash Rashidian Executive Editor, and Maha El-Adawy, Director of Health Promotion, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
  • Siaka Sidibé Director of Publication, Mali Médical
  • Abdelmadjid Snouber Managing Editor, Journal de la Faculté de Médecine d’Oran
  • James Tumwine Editor-in-Chief, African Health Sciences
  • Mohammad Sahar Yassien Editor-in-Chief, Evidence-Based Nursing Research
  • Paul Yonga Managing Editor, East African Medical Journal
  • Lilia Zakhama Editor-in-Chief, La Tunisie Médicale
  • Chris Zielinski University of Winchester
  • Jhony A. De La Cruz Vargas Editor-in-Chief, Revista de la facultad de medicina humana. Instituto de investigaciones en ciencias biomedicas. Universidad Ricardo Palma. Lima – Perú.



Wealthy nations must step up support for Africa and vulnerable countries in addressing past, present and future impacts of climate change


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. To avoid these catastrophic health effects across all regions of the globe, there is broad agreement—as 231 health journals argued together in 2021—that the rise in global temperature must be limited to less than 1.5oC compared with pre-industrial levels.


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