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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Rift Valley Fever Decision-Maker Workshop held in Naivasha, Kenya, 30 September - 1 October

Rift Valley Fever Decision-Maker Workshop held in Naivasha, Kenya, 30 September - 1 October

An RVF Decision Support Workshop was recently organised by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and was held in Naivasha, Kenya from the 30 Septemer to 1 October 2014. The workshop aimed to update an existing decision support framework for RVF. In the aftermath of the 2006 epizootic, regional stakeholders established...

11 Nov 2014

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HEALTHY FUTURES Decision Support Workshop (18 - 20 Nov)

HEALTHY FUTURES will hold a Decision Support Workshop on November 18 to 20, 2014 in Nairobi to address climate change and disease impact issues for schistosomiasis and malaria. The workshop will develop decision support frameworks for the two diseases to guide action-oriented decision-making on control of these two diseases over...

11 Nov 2014

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Summay

The Bonn Climate Change Conference recently took place from the 20th to the 25th of October and focused on preparing key documents for the 20th sesson of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. A detailed summary of...

28 Oct 2014

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UNFPA develops Population Dynamics and Climate Change Adaptation Online Platform

UNFPA develops Population Dynamics and Climate Change Adaptation Online Platform

In association with the International Institute for Environment and Development and Wolfram Research, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed Demographic Exploration for Climate Adaptation (DECA), an automated geographic analysis system that combines population data – such as gender, age, location, housing, availability of services – with the geography...

29 Sep 2014

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Novel treatement for schistosomiasis developed by the FP7 project SCHISTOSOMA PROTEASE

The EU-FP7 funded project SCHISTOSOMA PROTEASE (Bioactive serine proteases from human parasite Schistosoma mansoni) aimed to investigate alternative therapeutic approaches to schistosomiasis. Scientists explored the option of targeting the parasite’s proteolytic enzymes whose normal function is to break down other proteins in various processes. These proteolytic enzymes are highly similar to...

23 Sep 2014

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WHO releases a quantitative assessment of the health impacts of climate change

The WHO has released a quantitative assessment of the health impacts of climate change. This constitutes an update and a further development of the assessment that was first published by WHO for the year 2000, now with a wider range of health impacts, and projections for future years. The assessment takes...

22 Sep 2014

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Health and Climate Change in Africa Documentary

HEALTHY FUTURES and it's sister project QWeCI have recently been featured in the short documentary 'Health and Climate Change in Africa'. The documentary is the latest in a series of four reportages which present climate change and water issues in Africa in relation to agriculture, ecosystems, natural hazards, health and technology....

26 Aug 2014

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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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