Supporting Vector-borne Disease Prevention and Control with Geo-Information

Hagenlocher, Michael ed. Supporting Vector-borne Disease Prevention and Control with Geo-Information 2016/02/24-25 Munich. Berlin: Herbert Wichmann Verlag, 2016.

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    Author Hagenlocher, Michael
    Event series Münchner GI-Runde
    Title of Event Supporting Vector-borne Disease Prevention and Control with Geo-Information
    Date of Event 2016/02/24-25
    Place of Event Munich
    Organizer Runder Tisch GIS e.V.
    Publication Date 2016
    Place of Publication Berlin
    Publisher Herbert Wichmann Verlag
    Pages 19-32
    Language eng
    Abstract Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) impose a heavy burden on vulnerable populations, health systems and economies. Globally, malaria is considered the most deadly, and dengue fever the world’s fastest growing VBD to date. The high burden of these infectious diseases calls for concerted action at multiple levels, across institutions and disciplines, to reduce their impacts through improved strategies for surveillance, prevention and control. Integrative spatial approaches that take into account both (1) the distribution and spread of pathogens and disease transmitting vectors and (2) factors that impact social vulnerability to such health hazards can provide the means to effectively help reducing the burden of these diseases. This paper presents a concept and methodology for the spatial assessment of social vulnerability and risk to VBDs at different spatial scales using case studies in South America and eastern Africa. Recognizing the demand for interactive tools that facilitate place-based decision making, the potential of WebGIS tools for the interactive visualization and exploration of risk or vulnerability hotspots and their underlying factors is presented and discussed. The paper hence makes a contribution to better understanding risks associated with infectious diseases, their underlying causes and effects, and presents innovative solutions for communicating risk information in a way that is understandable and actionable for decision makers, practitioners and communities at risk.
    Keyword geo-information
    Copyright Holder Herbert Wichmann Verlag
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783879076109
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