One of the key outcomes of HEALTHY FUTURES will be the introduction of decision support tools (DSTs) designed to assist health planners’ formulation, assessment and comparison of strategies for managing human responses to disease risks for the three target diseases (malaria, schistosomiasis and Rift Valley fever) of the project.
The DSTs currently being developed through HEALTHY FUTURES will be introduced to stakeholders in preliminary form at a meeting on 24-25 February 2014 at the International Livestock Research Institute’s facilities in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the meeting is to refine the DSTs, with the end-users in mind, prior to their implementation, through consultation with stakeholders.
The development and application of DSTs aimed at facilitating adaptation to the health impacts of environmental changes present many challenges: the meeting involving stakeholders will be considered a success if progress is made towards achieving effective communication between decision makers and health researchers about the design and use of DSTs relating to the HEALTHY FUTURES project. Effective communication will provide a firm foundation for stakeholder uptake, ownership and further development of the DSTs, their dissemination and their use beyond the project end. Further details of the stakeholder meeting will be announced on the project website (www.healthyfutures.eu) as they become available.
HEALTHY FUTURES is also now in the process of organising a major international conference targeting climate change and health, scheduled for 2014. The meeting will be hosted by the National University of Rwanda and is scheduled to coincide with release of the next (fifth) Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change Assessment report. The conference will specifically target the wider implications of findings from research projects such as HEALTHY FUTURES, with a view to translating research results to other at-risk regions and/or applying them to other diseases that might benefit from the same generic approach. Details of the conference will be posted on the project website and emailed to stakeholders in HEALTHY FUTURES as they become available.
Finally, a promotional video that summarises the HEALTHY FUTURES project is now available. The video, which aims to raise awareness of the project, can be viewed via www.vimeo.com/70318624 or by visiting the HEALTHY FUTURES project website.
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Detailed partner profiles are available on request.
Trinity College Dublin is the coordinator of this project, with AquaTT as the project administrator partner. Prof David Taylor, formerly of Trinity College Dublin and now based at the National University of Singapore, is the Scientific Coordinator of this project. The HEALTHY FUTURES project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 266327.
Contact: Prof. David Taylor (Project Coordinator), Department of Geography, NUS (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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