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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'Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Futures' conference - Call for Abstracts - DEADLINE 30 April 2014

The deadline for the reciept of abstracts for the 'Climate Change and Vector Borne Diseases: Past, Present and Futures' conference is 30th April 2014. The sub-themes for the conference are:- Climate information for public health decision making; - Statistical and dynamical disease modelling for future health; - Climate change related-risk analysis...

11 Apr 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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