Activities

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Lectures

Lecture 1: Planetary Health for Eastern Africa: An Introduction

05.11.2020, 4.30 pm Eastern African Time

This first lecture will give an introduction to the ideas surrounding planetary health: what it is, why we need it and what an Eastern African perspective of this global issue could look like. It is an opportunity to get to know the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub and discover the emerging topics of planetary health. 

Speakers:

  • Melvine Otieno, Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub
  • Dr Sam Myers, Director of Planetary Health Alliance
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Lecture 2: Eastern African challenges and opportunities on the way to Planetary Health 

19.11.2020, 4.30 pm Eastern African Time

While planetary health is a global issue, the Eastern African region has its own challenges as well as opportunities surrounding the interlinkages of humans and nature. In this lecture we want to dive deeper into the specfics of the region on the way towards planetary health. 

Speakers:

  • Prof. Osano Odipo, University of Eldoret, Kenya
  • Dr Martin Hermann, German Alliance for Climate Change and Health
  • Nosiku Munyinda, School of Public Health at University of Zambia
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Lecture 3: Transformative paths for Planetary Health in Eastern Africa

03.12.2020, 4.30 pm Eastern African Time

A sustainable future for people and planet cannot be achieved without big transformations and changes to our current way of thinking and living. In this lecture, we want to explore how a transformation for planetary health in Eastern Africa, as well as globally, could look like. We will discuss the story behind saving Lamu.

Speakers:

  • Dr Nicole de Paula, Founder and Executive Director of Women Leaders for Planetary Health
  • Dr Francis Kuria Kagema, Secretary General of the African Council of Religious Leaders – RfP,  Executive Director of Inter-Religious Council of Kenya
  • Collins Ongore, Research Scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
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Lecture 4: COVID-19 in Eastern Africa from a planetary health perspective

17.12.2020, 4.30 pm Eastern African Time

Looking back on 2020, COVID-19 has proven to be one of the biggest global health challenges over the past year. In this lecture, we will discuss how COVID-19 is linked to environmental changes and which opportunities a crisis like this can offer for planetary health. 

Speakers:

  • Dr Kris Murray, Imperial College London
  • Dr Jennifer Cole, Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London and Coordinator of Planetary Health Northern Europe Hub
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Workshops

These will involve a series of interactive workshops focusing on different key aspects of planetary health.

Workshop 1: How to build planetary health solutions for the Eastern African community

05.12.2020, 11 am to 1.30 pm Eastern African Time 

Planetary Health is action-orientated and transformative. We need local representatives from our Eastern Africa community who act as an inspiring force and are part of the global community in solving life challenges that we face. But what can planetary health action look like in practice? 

In this workshop, we will be joined by four practitioners from the region who will share their stories and experiences in the planetary health field. Later we want to explore options for community engagements, where participants will develop their own ideas and also contribute to strengthening existing initiatives in our region for transformative planetary health projects. Join us for this hands on workshop and explore how to get active in your own community. 

Speakers

  • Dr Christophe Ngendahayo, Founder of Air Health Now and Air health trainer with World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA)
  • Fatima Ahmed, President of Zenab for Women in Development
  • ZoĆ« Rozar, Founder of Institute Bon Pasteur
  • Wayne O’Brien, Founder of Resilience Solution

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Workshop 2: Transformative Planetary Health Action

11.12.2020, 4 to 7 pm Eastern African Time for Module 1

14.12.2020, 5 to 7 pm Eastern African Time for Module 2


Understanding the facts of planetary health is not enough. We need to act as transformational change agents, networks and alliances, tell the story of planetary health and implement multiple transformation pathways in the health sector and beyond both on local and global levels. This two-module workshop provides the opportunity to develop both your individual and your group’s planetary health agenda for the next 3-6 months. The workshop will be highly interactive using innovative methods based on complexity, social and political science.


Prerequisites: Participants need to be familiar with the concepts of planetary health as presented in the first three lectures of PHEAH.
Facilitators: Dr Martin Herrmann, Given Moonga

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Workshop 3:

Date and time: TBC

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