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New network of weather stations in Africa aims to improve food security and health

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2555 (Published 24 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2555
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    An ambitious project to deploy 5000 weather stations across Africa is expected to benefit the health of millions of people on the continent, experts say.

    “This project may help save lives and improve the livelihoods of communities in Africa living on the front line of climate change,” said Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general and president of the Global Humanitarian Forum, which is spearheading the project.

    “The world’s poorest are also the world’s most vulnerable when it comes to the impact of climate change and the least equipped to deal with the consequences,” Mr Annan said at the launch of the initiative on 18 June.

    The forum says that health agencies, governments, and local communities will be able to take preventive action if they have access to accurate weather information and thus early warning …

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