The HARMONIZE project, coordinated by the new Global Health Resilience Team of the Earth Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), has been officially launched. One of its partners is the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).
The Wellcome Trust funded project aims to better understand the link between climate change and the increasing risk in the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika, in the Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) region, where their burden is greater than anywhere else in the world.
"Monitoring climate change and its health impacts is an essential task. But to achieve this, we need good data, appropriate models and communication strategies with government and civil society. The HARMONIZE project is already enabling these connections," declared Dr Christovam Barcellos, Coordinator of the Brazilian Climate and Health Observatory.
Other partners include Fundação Oswaldo Cruz and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais in Brazil; the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru; the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia; and the Oficina Nacional de Meteorología in the Dominican Republic.