Workshop on Cities, Climate Forcing and Infectious Disease Dynamics

All day
Through September 14, 2016
UChicago Center in Delhi

Sep. 13

The world is rapidly becoming urban, with the global urban population projected to double by 2050. This dramatic increase in urbanization poses new challenges for the control of communicable diseases. Urban environments create highly heterogeneous socio-economic, demographic and environmental conditions that can a_ect the transmission of water-borne and vector-borne infections dependent on human water storage, including urban malaria and dengue. These same disease classes exhibit strong connections to climate variables, directly or indirectly, through transmission-related parameters and human vulnerability.Thus, understanding and controlling their transmission dynamics within cities will necessitate consideration of the relevant spatial scales at which to incorporate spatial heterogeneity and address temporal variation in incidence in response to climate forcing.

This interdisciplinary workshop aimed to bring together scientists and public health practitioners to further develop a collaborative project on the transmission dynamics of climate-sensitive, vector-borne and water-borne, diseases in cities of India. One main objective was to identify data needs and set the stage for the study of retrospective surveillance records for cities of India. Another goal was to define novel research directions at the interface between disciplines that would enhance public health intervention.