GC21B-0960: Improving Decision-Making Activities for Meningitis and Malaria (Invited)

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Authors: Pietro Ceccato1, Sylwia Trzaska2, Carlos Perez4, Olga V Kalashnikova3, John del Corral1, Remi Cousin1, M B Blumenthal1, Stephen Connor5, Madeleine C Thomson1

Author Institutions: 1. International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA; 2. Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA; 3. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA; 4. NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY, USA; 5. School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Public health professionals are increasingly concerned about the potential impact that climate variability and change can have on infectious disease. The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is developing new products to increase the public health community’s capacity to understand, use, and demand the appropriate climate data and climate information to mitigate the public health impacts of climate on infectious disease, in particular Meningitis and Malaria. In this paper we present the new and improved products that have been developed for monitoring dust, temperature, rainfall and vectorial capacity model for monitoring and forecasting risks of Meningitis and Malaria epidemics. We also present how the products have been integrated into a knowledge system (IRI Data Library Map room, SERVIR) to support the use of climate and environmental information in climate-sensitive health decision-making.

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