On the 15 and 16 of Decembre 2011 the workshop for the launch of the Burkina Faso National Climate-Health Work Group (NCHWG) was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), being Burkina the second of the countries participating in the project HEALTHMET that sets up the NCHWG.


Project HEALTHMET encourages the establishment of links between health and meteorological authorities in five pilot countries, by means of the creation of national Work Groups whose mission is to promote the use of meteorological and climatological information to improve the prevention and the fight against epidemiological diseases sensitive to climatic variations, with particular attention to meningitis and malaria.


The Director of the National Civil Aviation Agency of Burkina Faso, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Posts and Numeric Economics, presided over the opening ceremony along with the Director General of Meteorology, and representatives of the Ministry of Health, the WMO and AEMET (Spanish Meteorological Agency).


Around 35 people attended the workshop, representative of various authorities and organisations related to health services, meteorologists, environment and university.


As a result, the composition of the NCHWG, including goals, tasks and expected outcomes have been defined and a work plan has been produced that will be developed over year 2012.


The presentations and final report produced from the workshop are available in the Afrimet program’s website files.


Photos of the workshop