The project will develop systems and response mechanisms to strengthen the integration of climate change risks into the health sector. Critical barriers will be overcome to shift the current response capacity of the health sector from being reactive towards being more anticipatory, deliberate and systematic.

Project actions will identify, implement, monitor, and evaluate adaptations to reduce likely future burdens of malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, and cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), priority climate change-related health issues identified by national stakeholders.

This will be achieved by strengthening technical capacities of health sector workers to manage climate change-related health risks: mainstreaming climate change health risks into decision-making at local and national health policy levels; and strengthening the climate change-health risk knowledge base by managing information and effectively disseminating it, for enhanced response to climate change-related health risks.
Institutional architecture and capacity will be developed for enhancing Ghana’s management of priority climate change-health issues.

Pilot interventions in Keta District (Volta region), Gomoa West/Apam District (Central Region), and Bongo District (Upper East Region) will demonstrate the effectiveness of improved disease surveillance and response in reducing the burden of climate-sensitive diseases, and will be scaled up and institutionalised to ensure sustainability of project actions.
Training interventions will target staff in relevant national programmes and units, such as the Disease Surveillance Unit and the National Malaria Control Programme, to recognise and respond to climate-related health risks, and district train-the-trainer courses will be established to promote decentralisation and scaling up of this capacity.

A national strategy for mainstreaming climate change risks into health sector policies and measures will be developed and implemented, led by the Ministry of Health. Sub-national level climate change health risk maps that depict current and likely future areas vulnerable to diarrhoeal disease, malaria, and CSM will be developed, led by the Ministry of Health, as well as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of current policies and measures to protect communities from these diseases and to identify modified or new responses.

In order to monitor the effectiveness of the new response actions, indicators will be identified and monitoring systems refined to measure climate change resilience in the health sector.
A number of knowledge management aspects, including dissemination of lessons learned and new communication materials to assist with broader awareness raising and social mobilisation activities.