Climate and Population Health Vulnerabilities to Vector-Borne Diseases: Increasing Resilience Under Climate Change Conditions in Africa

Friday, 19 December 2014: 11:20 AM
Pietro Ceccato1, Kyle C McDonald2, Erika Podest3, Manuel De La Torre Juarez3, Andrew Kruczkiewicz1, Jerrod Lessel1, Katherine Jensen2 and Madeleine C Thomson1, (1)International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States, (2)CCNY-Earth & Atmos Sciences, New York, NY, United States, (3)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the City University of New York (CUNY) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in collaboration with NASA SERVIR are developing tools to monitor climate variables (precipitation, temperature, vegetation, water bodies, inundation) that help projects in Africa to increase resilience to climate change for vector-borne diseases (i.e. malaria, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, and schistosomiasis). Through the development of new products to monitor precipitation, water bodies and inundation, IRI, CUNY and JPL provide tools and capacity building to research communities, ministries of health and World Health Organization in Africa to:

1) Develop research teams’ ability to appropriately use climate data as part of their research

2) Enable research teams and ministries to integrate climate information into social and economic drivers of vulnerability and opportunities for adaptation to climate change

3) Inform better policies and programs for climate change adaptation.

This oral presentation will demonstrate how IRI, CUNY, and JPL developed new products, tools and capacity building to achieve the three objectives mentioned above.