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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The HEALTHY FUTURES Atlas compiles and provides access to key modelling results of the HEALTHY FUTURES research project for eastern Africa. Results are visualized for the three target diseases; Malaria, Schistosomiasis and Rift Valley Fever. Past, present and future risks can be explored, while having access to their underlying environmental/climatic and socio-economic drivers.


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