Priority 4 - Promote Health and Wellbeing in a Changing Environment
Priority 4 focuses on promoting an integrated approach to address existing and emerging health risks in the Maldives factoring climate change related impacts on human health. This builds on MRC’s successful interventions in the recent past in health preparedness and epidemic control including the responses to rise in cases of influenza and dengue. The main strategy centres on shifting current practice of response to more preparedness and prevention activities particularly with regard to communicable diseases including vector borne diseases. This shift in practice recognizes the fact that some of these disease outbreaks are affected by climate induced weather trends such as unpredictable rainfall.
The strategy here also focuses on increasing health related outreach and interventions targeting the foreign migrant worker population which MRC has been actively undertaking to date. In addition to health preparedness, MRC will support interventions in road safety, occupational health hazards, and injury prevention given the increasing scale of challenges and gaps in response in these areas.