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Green Climate Fund Pioneers Swift Climate-Health Initiative in Cook Islands

The Cook Islands' inaugural single-country project, swiftly approved by the GCF Board and receiving funding within a record 20 days, highlights a significant stride in bolstering health outcomes for its populace. With USD 12.5 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) out of a total project cost of USD 13.4 million, this initiative aims to fortify the Cook Islands' health infrastructure against the mounting threats posed by climate change-induced health challenges.
Addressing a trio of health concerns—communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, and health impacts exacerbated by climate change—the project targets elevated rates of malnutrition, illness, and mortality prevalent in the Cook Islands. Moreover, climate-related disasters exacerbate these challenges, disproportionately affecting vulnerable demographics and disrupting healthcare services nationwide.
Named "Akamatutu’anga To Tatou Ora’anga Meitaki (ATOM): Building a healthy and resilient Cook Islands community – one block at a time," the initiative prioritizes approximately 30 communities and 22 health facilities across 12 inhabited islands, including remote outer islands where healthcare accessibility is limited.
The project's rapid implementation underscores GCF's dedication to expedite climate action, setting new benchmarks for efficiency. Notably, this initiative represents a series of firsts: the Pacific's inaugural project focusing solely on climate and health, as well as the Cook Islands' first single-country project administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. This achievement epitomizes a collaborative, country-driven approach, leveraging GCF's comprehensive support framework to realize impactful climate resilience initiatives.



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  • George Kariuki

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    This is fantastic climate action news! Cook Islands getting GCF funding for a healthcare project to tackle climate change impacts is a win-win.

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    • Gorffly mokua

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      This Green Climate Fund's rapid approval of the Cook Islands' climate-health initiative sets a commendable precedent, prioritizing swift action for population well-being.

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      • winnie nguru

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        Climate financing and collaborations always yield good results and great progress

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        • Princess

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          This collaborative effort sets a positive precedent for global climate resilience efforts.

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          • walter lungayi

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            This proactive approach demonstrates a commitment to safeguarding both the environment and the well-being of the local population.

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            • Esther Wanjiku

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              This is significant progress

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              • mary Mwihaki

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                This is heartwarming climate fund is the only thing we need.

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                • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                  The nexus between health and climate change has been neglected for long, Bravo GCF for funding Climate health Initiative!

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                  • Jane Wangui

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                    If only we had funds to finance climatic projects am sure that significant change would already have been felt.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @jane_wangui Sometimes funding is not the problem, but accountability!!

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                      • Grace Njeri

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                        @jane_wangui Climate finance is essential for transitioning to a low-carbon global economy and meeting the challenges of climate change.

                      • Jane Wangui

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                        If we only had the funds to finance climatic projects am sure that some significant change would already have been felt

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                        • Saustine Lusanzu

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                          Climate financing is what we need to enable adaptation and mitigation projects to be done, kudos to the GCF

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                          • Gorffly mokua

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                            @saustine_lusanzu Don't forget accountability!!

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                            • Grace Njeri

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                              @saustine_lusanzu climate financing can bring about substantial reduction of climate change.

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