Quantifying Weather and Climate Impacts on Health in Developing Countries (QWeCI),

Budget: 299400

QWeCI is a consortium of 13 research and academic institutions from across Africa and Europe that researches infectious vector-borne diseases present in Africa, with a focus on epidemic occurrences affected by climate variability. The project brings together experts in climate, disease dynamics and public health sciences to tackle some of the greatest public health challenges faced by populations. QWeCI started in February 2010 and will end in July 2013.

Goals:

  • Understanding the climate drivers of the vector-borne diseases malaria and Rift Valley fever, and certain tick-borne diseases, all of which have major health and economic implications for humans and livestock in Africa, at a more fundamental level in order to assist with managing them in the short term and making predictions as to their likely future impacts.
  • Developing and testing the methods and technology required for an integrated decision support framework for health impacts of climate and weather.
  • Bringing the world’s best integrated weather/climate forecasting systems together with heath impacts modeling and climate change research groups in order to build end-to-end seamless integration of climate and weather information for quantifying and predicting climate and weather in health impacts in Africa.


European funded project: FP7: Cooperation: Environment