Forecasting Healthy Futures is a unique group of global health, technology and public sector partners coming together to develop weather data-informed strategies and policies to improve health outcomes and accelerate progress against deadly mosquito-borne diseases.
This initiative, convened by Malaria No More, will integrate micro-weather data and associated analytics with other disease risk and epidemiological data to better inform and enhance global efforts to combat mosquito-borne diseases. By harnessing weather data, governments and partners can turn weather obstacles into opportunities by more precisely targeting and timing health interventions to reduce the increased risk that extreme weather and changing weather patterns pose, especially on those most vulnerable.
AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH
Forecasting Healthy Futures will develop evidence-based systems that anticipate and track emerging transmission patterns for mosquito-borne diseases to inform and strengthen mosquito-borne disease management.
PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
Lending their support and expertise, Forecasting Healthy Futures partners and collaborators will combine their distinctive health, data, policy and weather expertise—and build on proven strategies to test and scale this innovative model.
The world has made enormous progress addressing the threat of mosquito-borne diseases. The global campaign to end malaria, for example, is one of the great public health successes of our time: Since 2000, 7 million lives have been saved, more than 1 billion cases have been prevented, and US$2 trillion in economic benefits have been unlocked for the malaria-affected world.
Yet despite the tremendous progress, mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika, remain a major global health challenge that disproportionately affects the world’s most marginalized populations. These diseases are also climate-sensitive: changing weather patterns are introducing new challenges in efforts to effectively prevent, control and eliminate them. For example, cyclones or heavy rains can increase the risk, timing, location and severity of disease, and prevent access to life-saving health interventions.
As extreme weather events become more commonplace, there is increased urgency to anticipate and accelerate progress against mosquito-borne diseases and to mitigate their impact on those most at-risk, particularly pregnant women and children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa.
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