Addressing the impacts of climate change on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases
As our planet heats up due to climate change, outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – diseases that spread from animals to humans – are increasing and expanding to new parts of the world, in particular Europe. Warmer temperatures, more variable rainfall, and the loss of biodiversity influence the survival and spread of zoonotic pathogens, and the reproduction and geographic location of their vectors, such as mosquitoes or ticks.
Past and recent health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have shown there is a need for stronger and more inclusive preparedness and responsiveness to epidemic-prone pathogens at the EU and global level.
IDAlert aims to tackle this challenge by developing a range of decision-support tools and systems to enable decision-makers to act on time with improved responses.
A UNIQUE APPROACH
Co-creation and One Health perspective
IDAlert is developing tools tailored to key stakeholders which help to improve anticipation, forecasting, and understanding of future risks of disease emergence and spread.
For this, the project is implementing an innovative co-creation, participatory, and citizen science approach, involving stakeholders to understand their needs and address gaps.
In addition, an EcoHealth and One Health systems perspective is integrated into the research, taking account of the close connection between humans, animals, the environment, and the increase in infectious diseases.
The validity of the tools and methods developed in the project will be demonstrated in 5 key hotspot sites in collaboration with local stakeholders in Spain, The Netherlands, Greece, Sweden, and Bangladesh, which are experiencing rapid urban transformation and climate-induced disease threats.
Attica Region including Athens Municipality
Stakeholder: Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI)
Girona Province, & Barcelona Municipality
Stakeholder: Mosquito Control Service of Girona, Public Health Agency of Girona (DIPSALUT), Public Health Agency of Barcelona (ASPB)
South Holland Province, Rotterdam Municipality
Stakeholder: Municipal health service Rotterdam, Rotterdam Municipality
Uppsala County & Stockholm Municipality
Stakeholder: Swedish Veterinary
Dhaka Municipality & Teknaf Subdistrict
Stakeholder: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (iccdr,b)
Heidelberg & Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Stakeholder: Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
Climate Change and
IDAlert is one of six European research and innovation projects funded by HADEA under the Horizon Europe, to be part of the European Climate Change and Health Cluster.
Launched in September 2022, the cluster aims to maximise efforts and impact by:
> Harmonising approaches
> Strengthening Science4Policy link
> Promoting synergies
> Avoiding overlaps
> Streamlining information flows
> Boosting communication and dissemination
More information will follow
The consortium involves 19 organisations from Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy, UK, and Bangladesh, with world leading experts in a wide range of disciplines including zoonoses, infectious disease epidemiology, social sciences, artificial intelligence, environmental economics, and environmental and climate sciences.