Sleeping sickness outbreaks prevented by climate change research

November 2015

Climate change has serious implications for public health. According to WHO estimates, climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year - from shifting patterns of disease, from extreme weather events, such as heat-waves and floods, and from the degradation of air quality, food and water supplies, and sanitation.

In United Republic of Tanzania poor communities reliant on crops and livestock are seeing their livelihoods and food security wrecked by unexpected weather patterns, such as increasing temperatures, late rainfall onset and droughts. One of the country’s most vulnerable populations to climate change is the Maasai pastoralists living near the border of United Republic of Tanzania and Kenya.

This photo story highlights how climate change is impacting the Maasai in northern United Republic of Tanzania and shows how WHO’s tropical disease research programme, called TDR, is working to protect their cattle, livelihoods and health from the impacts of climate change.


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