Environmental change, such as climate change, will affect and impact human health, which is a major concern for the global community. The effects will however be felt most acutely among the poorest members of society. Much concern has focused on the future distribution and spread of infectious diseases, and in particular the negative health impacts of changes in transmission and outbreaks of vector-borne diseases (or VBDs) as a result of climate change. The impacts may be direct, in terms of outbreaks of disease among human populations, or indirect, in the form of outbreaks of diseases that affect domesticated animals or plants, and therefore jeopardise food security, agriculture-based economic activities and trade.

The HEALTHY FUTURES project is motivated by the concern for these impacts. It aims to respond to this concern through construction of a disease risk mapping system for three water-related, high-impact VBDs (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in eastern Africa, taking into account environmental/climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk. HEALTHY FUTURES has received €3.38 million of EU funding through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) project, which is the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe.


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Interactive linking of climate data from multiple sources

Policymakers and planners trying to solve the complex problems often resort to modelling software - programs that attempt to predict and even simulate the likely results of policy initiatives. While such software has been around for years, it tends to be sector-specific, focused for example on climate science, energy economics...

18 Aug 2014

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Sixth issue of HEALTHY FUTURES newsletter now available

HEALTHY FUTURES is delighted to announce that the sixth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES newsletter is now available. Many thanks to all who contributed to it. It can be downloaded as a PDF (5.68 MB) here or through the Newsletter section in the Media Centre.

05 Aug 2014

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HEALTHY FUTURES developing Online Visualisation Tool to Support Decision Makers

HEALTHY FUTURES researchers are developing an online visualisation tool to support decision makers in eastern Africa. The tool will provide visual access to the results of HEALTHY FUTURES and will assist decision makers in taking site specific intervention measures to mitigate the risk of outbreaks and transmission of water-related vetor-borne...

23 Jun 2014

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Report on HEALTHY FUTURES collaborations and synergies now available

A report detailing the collaborations and synergies established between HEALTHY FUTURES and other releated projects and stakeholders has been produced. The report discusses the links between HEALTHY FUTURES and it's sister project QWeCI, activities associated with HEALTHY FUTURES role in the EU-Africa cluster and engagement with stakeholders which has taken...

12 Jun 2014

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HEALTHY FUTURES meetings recently held in Nairobi, Kenya

A series of meetings were recently held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nariobi, Kenya, from the 24 - 28 Febuary. These meetings included a stakeholder engagement workshop, the 5th HEALTHY FUTURES Partners meetingand the 4th and final ERP. Click here for more information.

21 Mar 2014

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Website for "Climate change and Vector Borne Diseases" Conference now live!

The website for the "Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Futures" Conference is now live! The conference will take place on 18th - 20th November 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda and intends to bring together researchers at the cutting edge of efforts to understand relationships between climate change and vector-borne diseases....

15 Jan 2014

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Fifth issue of HEALTHY FUTURES newsletter now available

HEALTHY FUTURES is delighted to announce that the fifth issue of the HEALTHY FUTURES newsletter is now available. Many thanks to all who contributed to it. It can be downloaded as a PDF (1MB) here or through the Press Release section in the Media Centre.

07 Jan 2014

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Charting the Future of Climate Impacts

HEALTHY FUTURES Partner ICTP is involved in international research published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).  Adrian Tompkins and Felipe J. Colon-Gonzalez, scientists from ICTP's Earth System Physics section, are co-authors of two papers published in this week's PNAS that reflect...

18 Dec 2013

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Report on "Malaria & climate change" Kampala workshop now availble

The Community Health Department (CH) of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Uganda in collaboration with International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) organised a one day meeting under the theme, Malaria seasonal forecasting and Climate Change adaptation. The meeting was held...

18 Dec 2013

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The HEALTHY FUTURES project features in Issue No. 27 (November 2013) of the EC's Community Research and Development Information Service’s (CORDIS) research*eu results magazine which features 'highlights from the most exciting EU-funded research and development projects'. The article featrues on page 12. The magazine can be downloaded from research*eu results magazine's website http://cordis.europa.eu/research-eu/magazine_en.html or...

06 Dec 2013

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Upcoming Events


27.08.2014 - 29.08.2014
WHO Conference on Health and Climate


09.09.2014 - 10.09.2014
HEALTHY FUTURES 6th Partners Meeting


10.09.2014 - 12.09.2014
Malaria Policy Advisory Committee Meeting


14.09.2014 - 18.09.2014
25th Molecular Parasitology Meeting (MPM)


22.09.2014 - 24.09.2014
Challenges in Malaria Research

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