Water Sanitation and Hygiene
Climate Change and Emergencies
Guyana is a low lying state with an area of 215,000 km2 and a population of 746,955 of which 44% are children. Over 90% of the population resides on the 100 km coastal strip where it is approximately 1.5m below the average high tide level of the Atlantic Ocean. The sea level is expected to rise 40 cm for Guyana by the end of the 21st century.
The conditions which Guyana is likely to experience through Climate Change will impact diminishing water resources, causing increased malnutrition, waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, and vector-borne diseases such as malaria.
The manifestations of climate change if not addressed now, will affect the survival, growth, development and participation of children thus hindering their optimum performance and achievements. Prevention and mitigation of these threats are inextricably linked to the achievement of the goals and standards set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).