The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are collecting data to gain information on what Caribbean people know about the connection between climate change and their health. Data will be gathered through a survey being carried out via Digicel network and targets people 18 and older, across 10 Caribbean countries.
Countries participating include Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados.
A PAHO release on Monday said those interested in participating have the option of using partner social networks at the following links:
St Lucia: https://trnd.ly/ClimateHealthLC Antigua
St Vincent and the Grenadines: https://trnd.ly/ClimateHealthSVG
St Kitts and Nevis: https://trnd.ly/ClimateHealthSKN
Trinidad and Tobago: https://trnd.ly/ClimateHealthTT
Participants are asked to complete a questionnaire which should take about ten minutes. Participation is entirely voluntary and anonymous. Individual data will not be shared.
PAHO said the survey is a critical tool to gain baseline information for the European Union-funded five-year project aimed at empowering Caribbean action for climate and health.
The project is being implemented by PAHO and brings together project partners including Caricom, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology and UWI. Other UN agencies and universities such St George’s University, Grenada, will also participate.