As climate warming may worsen development in Africa and may affect human health by bringing about changes in the ecology of infectious diseases, there is an urgent need to enhance the ability to adapt to future climate change.

Malaria is a major public health problem in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, there are no practical tools to predict malaria epidemics based on climate forecasts. Such tools would be useful in making efficient use of the limited resources for malaria control.

In this project, personnel from Addis Ababa University, National Meteorology Agency, Arba Minch University and the University of Bergen have worked out a programme to incorporate climate variability and forecast information for malaria epidemics. The collaboration aims to strengthen PhD and masters programmes in and will strengthen international collaboration on climate and health research.

Over a five-year period (2007 - 2011), this project will combine new population-based malaria transmission information with climate and land use variability data to develop an early warning system to predict malaria epidemics in Ethiopia.

PROJECT COORDINATORS

UiS: Ass professor Wakgari Deressa, Addis Ababa University
UiN: Professor Bernt Lindtjørn, University of Bergen 




COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS

Addis Ababa University (Department of Community Health and Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology)
Arba Minch University
National Meteorological Agency of Ethiopia (NMAE)
University of Bergen (Centre for International Health and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research) 

NEWS

January 12-26 2008
Workshop Addis Ababa

December 21 2007
Meeting Indepth Network

September 20-21 2007
Workshop Climate and Health

STAFF

Wakgari Deressa
Teshome Gebre-Michael
Bernt Lindtjørn
Asgeir Sorteberg

PhD Candidates

Abebe Animut
Adugna Ayantu
Diriba Korecha
Torleif Markussen Lunde
Dereje Tesfahun Mengistu
Ellen Marie Viste


FUNDING

EMaPS is supported by The Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU)

NUFU supports institutional cooperation and projects between Norwegian universities and their partner institutions in the South.

LINKS

Indepth Network

WHO - malaria

The Earth Institute

London School of Trop. Medicine - Malaria Centre