Predicting climate-change-related disease in Africa
It is common knowledge that climate change particularly affects developing countries, but its effects on health are still very hard to predict. In a joint effort to bridge this gap, the QWECI project set out to assist medical practitioners and public health decision-makers in allocating resources and implementing preventative measures ahead of disease epidemics.
Whilst climate-change predictions depend on many variables, making forecasting a real conundrum for scientists across the world, the impact of a changing weather on human health is even more uncertain. It is now largely accepted that global warming increases the concentrations of air and water pollutants, and affects the seasonality of certain epidemic diseases. But how can such changes be predicted, especially in Africa where local knowledge is hardly used in forecasting methods?