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Led by Benjamin Tsofa and Jacob McKnight, the project named "A Novel Extreme Weather Risk Insurance System for Kenya (NEWRISK)” will focus on using the latest methods to provide focused data on extreme weather, population vulnerability, and health system capacity readiness across various climatic zones in Kenya.

Young African girl holding a goat © ILRI/ Camille Hanotte

With Kenya continuing to experience extreme weather and events exacerbated by climate change, our researchers led by Benjamin Tsofa from KEMRI- Wellcome and Jacob McKnight from Oxford University will be working on a project focused on enhancing Health Systems resilience through vulnerability and risk mapping to facilitate climate risk mitigation planning.

“Extreme weather events in the country due to climate change are increasingly having a big impact to population health and the health system capacity in the country. I am glad that as a research Programme, we can leverage on our unique capacity in health policy and systems research, epidemiology and population health, community engagement, and health economics to address this important emerging health challenge. I am grateful to the NIHR for the generous funding support to enable us to undertake this work”. Dr Tsofa added.

The project will further aim to estimate population vulnerabilities to extreme weather events based on where people live, across the different climatic zones; and develop a tool to assess health facilities’ readiness for extreme weather and then use this tool to measure the readiness of public health facilities across Kenya. The project will further analyse the interactions between extreme weather, population vulnerability, and the health system readiness. Finally, the project will use various health economics methods to estimate the costs of doing nothing, and the costs and risks associated with multiple protective strategies.

NEWRISK is among seven other projects focusing on healthcare in the context of extreme weather events that were recently funded through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)’s Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation (RIGHT) programme.

The full story is available on the KWTRP website.