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Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries

Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries

Objective

One of the most dramatic and immediate impacts of climate variation is that on disease, especially the vector-borne diseases that disproportionally affect the poorest people in Africa. Although we can clearly see that, for example, an El Nino event triggers Rift Valley Fever epidemics, we remain poor at understanding why particular areas are vulnerable and how this will change in coming decades, since climate change is likely to cause entirely new global disease distributions. This applies to most vector borne disease. At the same time, we do not know currently the limit of predictability of the specific climate drivers for vector-borne disease using state-of-the-art seasonal forecast models, and how best to use these to produce skilful infection-rate predictions on seasonal timescales. The QWeCI project thus aims to understand at a more fundamental level the climate drivers of the vector-borne diseases of malaria, Rift Valley Fever, and certain tick-borne diseases, which all have major human and livestock health and economic implications in Africa, in order to assist with their short-term management and make projections of their future likely impacts. QWeCI will develop and test the methods and technology required for an integrated decision support framework for health impacts of climate and weather. Uniquely, QWeCl will bring together the best in world integrated weather/climate forecasting systems with heath impacts modelling and climate change research groups in order to build an end-to-end seamless integration of climate and weather information for the quantification and prediction of climate and weather on health impacts in Africa.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Address

Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7zx Liverpool

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 859 552

Administrative Contact

Veronica Shaw (Ms.)

Participants (12)

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CENTRE DE SUIVI ECOLOGIQUE

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 210 540

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 233 578,50

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR MEDIUM-RANGE WEATHER FORECASTS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 480

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE CIENCIES DEL CLIMA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 299 400

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

EU Contribution

€ 378 150

International Livestock Research Institute

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 291 342

INSTITUT PASTEUR DE DAKAR

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 285 750

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY KUMASI

Ghana

EU Contribution

€ 155 433,40

UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 150 075

UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

Malawi

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 259 200

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 86 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 243964

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2010

  • End date

    31 July 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 722 873,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 499 400,90

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom