Outbreaks of certain diseases are on the rise. How is climate variability and global warming linked to this increase according to the state of the art research? Could we not only anticipate floods and droughts but also outbreaks triggered by changes in rainfall patterns and temperature? Which tools are currently being used and which close to provide data that could anticipate the outbreak?
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Climate variability influences geographical and temporal disease outbreaks in East Africa. Malaria, cholera and dengue are some of the most frequent disease outbreaks and conditions which are strongly linked to climate in the region.Climate variability also affects malnutrition in a myriad of ways, both immediate causes and underlying causes.Experts on WaSH, Health and Climate from the East Africa region convened to discuss how best climatic information could be used to plan WaSH interventions aiming to reduce the impact of disease outbreaks on population. It was evident from the workshop that there is a current opportunity for WaSH, Health and Climate actors to design and create adapted climatic tools and enhance forecast of outbreaks to set outbreak early warning systems not only in a single country, but in wider geographical areas, like the Horn and East Africa. Forecast-based Financing approaches are linked to climatic data to preposition goods and minimize impact of forecasted outbreaks. However, there is a long path for stakeholders to embrace these tools and shift from reactive response to using forecasts for anticipatory action.
Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation. University of Nairobi
World Health Organization
Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics, Austria
WHO Regional Office for Africa
Doctors without Borders
University of Pretoria
Red Cross Red Climate Centre
NIRAS Africa Limited