Climate Change Flooding And Diseases In Sub Sahara Africa: Trends And Adaptions Strategies (A Review)


  • Gifty Dede Mateko Angmor


Climate change; Flooding; Diseases; Sub-Saharan Africa; Adaptation strategies.


Sub-Saharan Africa faces multifaceted challenges arising from the complex interplay of climate change, flooding, and the spread of diseases (Mngumi, 2020). This paper examines the evolving trends of these interconnected issues, exploring their impacts on vulnerable communities and ecosystems within the region.  Climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa is manifesting through shifts in temperature, precipitation patterns, and extreme weather events (Omotoso et al., 2023). These changes contribute significantly to the increasing frequency and intensity of floods, disrupting livelihoods, agriculture, and infrastructure. Concurrently, rising temperatures create conducive environments for the proliferation of diseases, including waterborne and vector-borne illnesses.

The paper reviews empirical data and case studies to illustrate the current trends in flooding and disease patterns across Sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights the disproportionate impacts on marginalized communities, exacerbating existing socio-economic disparities. The intersections between climate change, flooding, and diseases create a compounding effect, amplifying the vulnerability of populations that are already grappling with poverty and inadequate healthcare infrastructure. In response to these challenges, the paper explores various adaptation strategies and initiatives undertaken in the region. These may include early warning systems, sustainable water management practices, climate-resilient agricultural techniques, and community-based health interventions. Additionally, it assesses the role of international collaborations, policy frameworks, and technological innovations in enhancing the adaptive capacity of Sub-Saharan African nations.

The research emphasizes the need for a holistic and integrated approach to address the complex web of climate change, flooding, and diseases. It underscores the importance of community engagement, capacity building, and the incorporation of traditional knowledge alongside modern scientific methods. Furthermore, the paper discusses the significance of creating policies that prioritize sustainable development, climate resilience, and public health. In conclusion, this paper provides insights into the dynamic relationships between climate change, flooding, and diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa. By examining current trends and adaptation strategies, it aims to contribute to the ongoing discourse on building resilience in the face of these interconnected challenges, fostering sustainable development and improved well-being for the region's diverse populations..