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Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.

Africa has been dealing with the impacts of climate change since the 1970s. Right now, the effects of climate change are already being felt by people across Africa. Evidence shows that the change in temperature has affected the health, livelihoods, food productivity, water availability, and overall security of the African people.

Anthropogenic climate change is already a reality in Africa, as it is elsewhere in the world. Climate change, land degradation and desertification are expected to affect African countries.  The most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described the African continent as the one that will be most affected.

Africa is among the most vulnerable continents to climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The continent’s wildlife, wild lands, and its rural communities bear the brunt of climate change. Even though the continent consumes a tiny fraction of the world’s fossil fuels, Africa’s vast ecological wealth and unique natural ecosystems are especially susceptible to shifts in weather patterns.

The western part of Africa has a rich natural resource base that includes soil, forest, rangeland, and freshwater and marine resources. Increased pressure on these resources from the rapidly growing population is compounded by the region’s vulnerability to climate shocks such as recurrent drought and rising sea levels.

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