Healthy Futures

healthy futures

HEALTHY FUTURES addressed the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa

TITLE: Health, environmental change and adaptive capacity; mapping, examining & anticipating future risks of water-related vector-borne diseases in eastern Africa
PROGRAMME: FP7 Cooperation, Environment (including Climate Change)
TOTAL BUDGET: €4,194,963
DURATION: January 2011 – December 2014
COORDINATOR: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
CONSORTIUM: 16 partners of which eight based in Africa, seven in Europe, one in Southeast Asia

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 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.

HEALTHY FUTURES focused on three water-related, high-impact VBDs (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in eastern Africa (comprising the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania). It took into account environmental and climatic trends and changes in socio-economic conditions to predict future risk outbreaks and impact (direct and indirect) on human health.


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