Climate Change and Human Health in Accra, Ghana

Climate change constitutes a real threat to the livelihood and well-being of the Ghanaian population. Deterioration of the rural environment contributes noticeably to the influx of migrants that arrive in the cities every day. These new arrivals gather in slums lacking infrastructure, sanitation and jobs and are exposed to numerous infectious diseases and the risk of floods and other extreme events that can only be aggravated by climate change.

This grant will allow researchers to study the interaction between the various factors mentioned above and the way in which communities deal with extreme climate variability and its consequences. The idea is that the creative reflection that flows from the process of social learning between communities, researchers and decision-makers should inform policymaking and eventually increase the resilience of communities faced with these shocks.

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Start Date

Friday, July 17, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Adera, Edith Ofwona

Total funding

CA$ 333,500


Ghana, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Climate Change

Project Leader

Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe


Regional Institute for Population Studies

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