Mercury is one of the top ten chemicals endangering human health and the environment worldwide. The poor handling and disposal of such products can damage ecological systems and human health. The Minamata Convention, which came into force in August 2017, is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. To ratify the Minamata Convention, countries need to undertake assessments that provide baseline information of their current situation.
WHO-AFRO has been supporting seven countries in West Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Lushomo was asked to compile the collected survey data in easily digestible formats that could be used to show the status of the different countries as part of the Minamata pre-ratification process. We created a range of communication materials on the use and management of mercury in the health system in West Africa.
To communicate on the use and management of mercury in the health system in six West African countries as part of the Minamata pre-ratification process.
A summary report, a presentation, a brochure and a poster
We were provided with in-depth research reports and survey data in French on the use and management of mercury in the health system for each of the six countries that had completed their health assessments. As a first step, we went over each of the reports, drawing out the most important information and creating spreadsheets around this. In consultation with WHO and the researchers, annexes were developed and researchers were asked to provide additional information. We then wrote the report and created visuals to explain key data.
Information was condensed and further summarised in a brochure for a meeting on the Minamata Convention in Africa.
For the same meeting, a presentation was developed, drawing on the key messages from the report.
We also created a poster that introduced the Minamata Initial Assessment for participants of conferences and related events.