Webinar on Floodplains, Climate Change & Health in Zambia

Kuomboka ceremony of the lozi people, Zambia

The CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change is pleased to invite you to the tenth event in our webinar series!

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Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Where: Zoom

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Summary

Floodplains, Climate Change, and Health: A Way of Life for the Lozi People of Zambia

The Zambezi River is the lifeblood for people and ecosystems across much of south-western Africa. While floods typically represent disasters to be prevented, the annual flooding of the Zambezi in Western Province, Zambia, is celebrated. However, like so many rivers around the world, land use change and climate change are altering water quality and quantities in the Zambezi and therefore the way of life for the Lozi people who depend on it. This presentation introduces the Zambezi from the perspective of the Lozi people and explores existing and future health threats, including the relative fragility of the environment and the healthcare system.

Biographies

Presenter:

Douglas on the Nalikwanda boatDouglas Singini is a practicing Medical Officer and has years of experience as the administrator of the Limulunga District Health Office on the Barotse flood plains of the Zambezi river. He is currently a PhD student in Public Health and Health Systems (Water), at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He brings his lived experiences of providing public health as well as clinical services in a wetland into his academic endeavors. His winning pitch in his first water collaborative course titled: – ‘Barotse flood plains: Challenges to Kuomboka Migration Driven by Climate Change’ demonstrate how his work, academics and indeed work-life are tied to water. He is a field epidemiologist and physician, humble but able to articulate issues at high levels in any organization. He advocates for healthy public health policies and is an ardent mentor to other professionals. He has collaborated on groundbreaking research in public health in wetland areas.

 

Organizer:

C Sch-Wal-HeadshotDr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace has broad experience at the water-health nexus from looking at interactions between physical and social environments. She is a water-health researcher within Global Water Futures and faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan. She currently holds adjunct faculty status at McMaster University, Queen’s University, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. Previous positions include senior research fellow (water-health) in the Water and Human Development Programme at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), research associate in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph in Canada, and a water-environment specialist for the Public Health Agency of Canada. In addition to publications across many different media, Corinne consulted to the Provincial Commission of Inquiry (Part II) into the Walkerton, Ontario (Canada) drinking water tragedy of 2000. She is also a member of the CCGHR Working Group on the Health Impacts of Climate Change.