Climate change and health research profiled at international conference

TDR news item
22 August 2016

A symposium on climate change and health in Africa is being held on 3 September in Rome at this year’s Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. TDR’s Bernadette Ramirez is co-chairing this event that covers challenges with water-borne and vector-borne diseases.

Bernadette Ramirez at climate change in health research site visit in Tanzania
Credit: WHO/TDR/Paul Gwakisa
Bernadette Ramirez at climate change in health research site visit in Tanzania

Five papers will be presented addressing a range of topics that include health risks associated to vulnerability of water and sanitation systems in the face of climate change; increasing resilience to malaria and schistosomiasis from an Ecohealth perspective on the Sahel; social, environmental and climate change impacts on vector-borne diseases in arid areas of southern Africa; pesticide usage risks for ecosystems and human health in the Western Cape; water, climate and health risks in West Africa; and, research uptake on vector-borne diseases and climate change.

Dr Brama Kone and Dr Moses Chimbari, principal investigators in a research initiative coordinated by TDR, in partnership with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, are participating in this Symposium. Both will present community based adaptation strategies for increasing resilience to climate change in malaria and schistosomiasis-endemic communities in Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Lack of knowledge on the possible impacts of climate change on vector-borne diseases in Africa remains a serious obstacle to evidence-based health policy. New knowledge and evidence from research is needed to increase resilience to vector-borne related health threats. Dr Bernadette Ramirez, who coordinates this research, is co-chairing this symposium with Professor Guéladio Cissé, head of the Ecosystem Health Services at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

SYMPOSIUM DETAILS

Saturday, 3 September 2016
10:45 - 12:15
Risonanze meeting room at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Italy

Climate change and health in Africa: Challenges with Water-related and Vector-borne Diseases

Chairs: Guéladio Cissé and Bernadette Ramirez

TALKS

Health risks associated to vulnerability of water and sanitation systems in the face of climate extreme events in a West African medium-sized city
Guéladio Cissé

Increasing Resilience to Malaria and Schistosomiasis from an Ecohealth perspective on the Sahel Band: A Case Study in Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania
Brama Koné

Social, environment and climate change impacts on vector-borne diseases in arid areas of southern Africa
Moses Chimbar

Pesticide usage risks for ecosystems and human health under climate change in the Western Cape, South Africa
Lucinda Fairhurst-Bremer

Water, climate, and health risks in West Africa: Perspectives from a regional water quality program
Simeon Kenfack

Research uptake on vector-borne diseases and climate change
Bernadette Ramirez

The annual meeting’s theme this year is ‘Old and new risks: challenges for environmental epidemiology’. The Conference is addressing the challenges in exposure assessment, study design and data analyses in the coming decades. It is being held 1-4 September in Rome.


For more information, contact Bernadette Ramirez.