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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Malaria transmission in the context of climate change  Seminar

6 January 2022
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Event details

Geography & Environmental Science Seminar

In 2019 there were an estimated 229 million malaria cases and an estimated 409 000 malaria deaths,  with the majority of cases occurring in the WHO African Region. Malaria is currently endemic in 87 countries, predominantly in South East Asia, the Asia-Pacific region, South America and the African continent.

Malaria transmission is sensitive to climate however, and the effects of a changing climate may impact the spatial limits of the distribution of malaria. Indirect consequences of climate change such as rural to urban migration for economic opportunities and increased human mobility or displacement of human populations due to extreme weather events may also impact the spatial distribution of malaria, as well as malaria transmission risk among different demographic groups.

In this seminar I will discuss some of the challenges that may be faced in progress toward the goal of global malaria elimination. I will also discuss previous malaria modelling work using ecological models to examine climate and environmental drivers of malaria, and genomic spatial models for examining connected malaria transmission zones, and how models such as these may be applied to the prediction of malaria transmission in the context of climate change.

Speaker Information

Eimear Cleary - Research Fellow, Geography and Environmental Science

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