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Climate Vulnerability of the Health Sector in Quito: Making Technical Data Accessible to Policy Makers

Program Locations: 
Quito, Ecuador

Project Duration: Feb. 2015 – Feb. 2016

Principal Investigator:  Renato Leon, PhD.

Project overview:

Since 2007 the authorities of the Metropolitan District of Quito (MDQ) have been developing a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, which identifies vulnerabilities in core areas such as health, water, ecosystems, and agriculture.  In the health area, authorities realized that there was limited comprehensive data regarding the interdependencies between climate variability and the increase in transmission rates of vector-borne diseases.   ISET worked with partners to provide policy-relevant data on Leishmaniasis, Chagas, Malaria, Dengue, and Chikungunya, all of which represent major public health concerns in Ecuador, and are the cause of significant morbidity and mortality in tropical and subtropical areas of Ecuador.  The research was conducted by Universidad San Francisco de Quito in partnership with ISET-International in the rural parishes of Nanegal, Nanegalito, Pacto, and Gulea.

Desde el 2007, las autoridades del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (DMQ) han venido implementando la Estrategia Quiteña al Cambio Climático.  Dicha estrategia identifica vulnerabilidades en sectores claves como la salud, el agua, los ecosistemas y la agricultura.  Para el sector salud, sin embargo, la información era limitada respecto a la relación entre variabilidad climática y el aumento en las tasas de transmisión de enfermedades vectoriales. Los hallazgos, de este proyecto, por lo tanto, contribuyen datos científicos y técnicos útiles para los tomadores de decisiones en el sector público sobre las enfermedades de Chagas, Leishmaniasis, Malaria, Dengue y Chikungunya, las cuales constituyen problemas de salud pública importantes en el Ecuador y una de las causas de mortalidad en las zonas tropicales y subtropicales del país.  La investigación fue conducida por la Universidad San Francisco de Quito con apoyo de ISET-International en las parroquias rurales de Nanegal, Nanegalito, Pacto y Gualea.  El proyecto fue financiado por Climate and Development Knowledge network (CDKN).

Core program Features:

  • Engagement with stakeholders in the public health sector.
  • Identification of the climate variables most relevant to testing the correlation between climate and the spread of vector-borne diseases.
  • Assistance with disease risk models that account for key socio-economic and climate indicators.
  • Assistance in the preparation of the comprehensive research synthesis reports and policy briefs in English and Spanish

 

Professional Staff involved: 

Maria Fernanda Enriquez

 Sarah Optiz-Stapleton

 

The material below is an outputs from this project. All materials can also be viewed under the main menu item "RESOURCES".

Funded by: Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Partners:

Centro de Transferencia y Desarrollo de Tecnologias de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Health and Environmental Secretary of the Municipality of the Quito Metropolitan District.