Diseases influenced by climate include malaria, dengue fever and cholera. Changes in climate can alter how these and other infectious diseases develop and spread. Scientists at the International Research Institute for Climate Society (IRI) research ways to mitigate the effects of current transmission and future changes of such diseases as participants in the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and other Climate Sensitive Diseases.
IRI has been a collaborating center for over 8 years and the contract was recently extended for an additional four years. The renewal continues a partnership that seeks to continue to develop climate information systems that can map, monitor and forecast climate-related disease risk. IRI is one of nearly 200 Collaborating Centers in the 15 countries in the Americas that is concerned with a very wide range of public health issues. IRI is supported in part through NOAA’s Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Program.
Read a Q&A about this collaboration on the IRI’s website.