HEALTHY FUTURES addresses the risk of outbreaks and transmission of three water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa.
Environmental change, such as climate change, will affect and impact human health, which is a major concern for the global community. The effects will however be felt most acutely among the poorest members of society. Much concern has focused on the future distribution and spread of infectious diseases, and in particular the negative health impacts of changes in transmission and outbreaks of VBDs as a result of climate change. The impacts may be direct, in terms of outbreaks of disease among human populations, or indirect, in the form of outbreaks of diseases that affect domesticated animals or plants, and therefore jeopardise food security, agriculture-based economic activities and trade.
HEALTHY FUTURES will focus on three water-related, high-impact VBDs (malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomiasis) in eastern Africa (comprising the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania). It will take into account environmental and climatic trends and changes in socioeconomic conditions to predict future risk outbreaks and impact (direct and indirect) on human health.
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