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Seasonal Changes in Climate May Muddle Results of Malaria Interventions in Africa

A new climate study shows that some countries in sub-Saharan Africa may be underestimating the impact of their malaria control activities, while others may be underestimating their success.

by |September 27, 2017

Malaria Risk Increases in Ethiopian Highlands as Temperatures Climb

The highlands of Ethiopia are home to the majority of the country’s population, the cooler climate serving as a natural buffer against malaria transmission. New data now show that increasing temperatures over the past 35 years are eroding this buffer, allowing conditions more favorable for malaria to begin climbing into highland areas.

by |June 15, 2017

How Climate Change Is Exacerbating the Spread of Disease

Contagious diseases are on the rise as a result of climate change and other rapid environmental and social changes. A number of climate-sensitive diseases are expected to worsen with higher temperatures and more extreme weather.

by |September 4, 2014
Women, babies, Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Mzimba District, Malawi

Climate Change: a Matter of Public Health

People have tried to cast climate change as an environmental issue, a social justice issue and a development issue. Madeleine Thomson of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society argues climate change can be understood much better if we consider it an issue of global public health.

by |April 7, 2014

Climate and Society Students ‘Develop’ Research for NASA, IRI

Two Climate and Society students are working on a NASA DEVELOP project at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Learn about the research and visit their virtual posters.

by |April 12, 2013

Visualizing Malaria from Space

Public health professionals are increasingly concerned about the impact climate variability and change can have on infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and bacterial meningitis. However, in order to study the relationships between climate and …

by |November 30, 2012

Malaria and the Mason-Dixon

When push came to shove, it was a microscopic virus that would draw the frontiers of a nation, and help to decide the life and livelihood of millions upon millions of the Americans who came to live there.

by |February 2, 2012

Mosquito Traps for the Future

The New York Times reported yesterday on a new, simple approach to mosquito control that—if accurate–could be a game changer in the world’s efforts to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases.

by |September 29, 2011

Integrating Treatment for AIDS and Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

Thirty years after AIDS was first reported, the United Nations will meet today to discuss next-steps toward controlling the disease. Developing countries in Africa are still the hardest hit by AIDS, but progress is being made through the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, which calls for a reversal of the spread of HIV/AIDS in… read more

by |June 8, 2011

Preventing Malaria in the Millennium Villages

I work at the Malaria Program of the Earth Institute’s Center for Global Health and Economic Development. The bulk of our work takes place at the Center for National Health Development in Ethiopia, which supports national malaria control programs in ten African countries and contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Ethiopia…. read more

by |July 29, 2010