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Resilient public health in the context of large-scale, drought-related migration in East Africa: Knowledge status and knowledge needs

Over ten million people are currently at risk of famine in East Africa, as a result of the latest drought to hit the region.

Driven by climate change and political instability, people are being forced to migrate in order to survive. This places a severe burden on public health systems providing life-saving services such as vaccination and maternal and child care. The region’s climate efforts must include adaptation of health systems so that the effects of this drought-related migration are taken into account.
Working in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, this project will identify knowledge status and needs regarding current and projected climatic and environmental changes in the region, their impacts on migration and, subsequently, public health. Our team includes six partners from the three countries. These will support the project’s logistical and scientific work, and will be critical in identifying key stakeholders in each country and facilitating data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
The project will synthesise documentary evidence from international and national sources, supplemented by interviews with stakeholders and experts in each of the three countries. A preliminary analysis of this material will be discussed at a cross-country validation workshop, from which we will produce a set of conclusions regarding knowledge status and needs of public health providers as well as recommendations for possible solutions in order to build climate-resilient health services.

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Title of Project

Resilient public health in the context of large-scale, drought-related migration in East Africa: Knowledge status and knowledge needs

Project Period

01/01/2018 - 12/31/2018

Subject areas

Public health science

Head of research

Barbara Schumann, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine


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