Achieving Global One Health: developing adaptive prevention systems for vector-borne diseases

Project: PostDoc

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Description

Climatic zones in Europe are gradually shifting north, as result of climatic change, bringing vector-borne diseases (VBD) such as Dengue and Chikungunya to Southern Europe and, in due course, to Northern Europe. Prevention requires intersectoral decision-making and action beyond the usual pest control. Prevention infrastructures in Northern Europe however are not (yet) geared to the measures that need to be taken, such as a geobiological monitoring and surveillance of possible breeding sites and public communication raising awareness, urgency and policy support.

From a sociological perspective we propose to (1) draw lessons from comparing prevention systems in countries with exposure to manifest diseases, such as Thailand and Italy, and those as of yet without in Northern Europe; (2) analyse existing monitoring and surveillance systems and develop geobased information systems enabling targeted actions; (3) analyse the governance across the policy sectors, and (4) design the conditions for co-creative, responsive and adaptive VBD governance systems. This research is highly relevant given the recently developed Climate Atlas in the Netherlands that requires bottom up implementation strategies for tailored policies.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/08/201/08/23