Environmental climate change impact

TDR is investigating the effects of environmental and climate change on major vectors and vector-borne diseases. The long-term aim is to develop strategies for reducing vulnerability and increasing the resilience of populations at risk. As a first step, in collaboration with the Climate and Health Working Group of Ethiopia, Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), IDRC-Canada, and WHO’s Protection of the Human Environment department and its African regional office, experts and key regional stakeholders are coming together to assess and, through consensus, prioritize research and capacity building needs on public health adaptation and resilience to social, environmental and climate change impacts on vector-borne diseases in Africa. This work supports the WHO African Regional Committee for Africa's Framework for Public Health Adaptation to Climate Change in the Africa Region.

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Holistic research reducing vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika

Profile image of Florence Fouque, Vectors, environment and society research team leader.

More than 30 research projects are currently being funded, with about 100 students getting their Masters and PhD degrees as part of this work. One of our major projects has been studying how to help vulnerable African communities increase their resilience to diseases like malaria and sleeping sickness.

Watch a video on the climate change research in Tanzania

Watch a video on preventing malaria and schistosomiasis due to climate change in Cote d’Ivoire