Biology and control of vector-borne infections in Europe
|Project type:||Long term R&D|
|Time frame:||2011 - 2015|
|Geographic keyword: Europe|
|General keyword: Vector-borne diseases | Spatial data management | Spatial information systems | Training|
|Specific keyword: Spatial distribution modeling | Wind spread modeling|
Avia-GIS as part of Euro-AEGIS is part of a consortium of 46 partners led by CIRAD (Montpellier, France) in charge of spatial data management and training; disease information systems; denominator population and wind modelling.
Due to environmental and socio-economic changes, vector-borne diseases (VBD) are becoming an increasing challenge for human and veterinary public health not only in Europe, but across the globe. Emerging infectious diseases (EID) are often detected in Europe and North America but also pose major risks for developing countries, where many factors favour the emergence of VBD and there are limited health facilities to prevent, monitor or control their spread. Therefore the work of EDENext is not only as a means of protecting and improving public health and the welfare of European citizens, but part of a coordinated international effort.
EDENext builds on the concepts, methods tools and results of the earlier EDEN project (Emerging diseases in a changing European environment) . It is using the same general approach of understanding and explaining biological, ecological and epidemiological processes in order to develop a set of state-of-the-art methods and tools to improve prevention, surveillance and control of vector populations and VBD. However, while EDEN focused on the effects of environmental changes on the emergence of VBD, EDENext is seeking to explain and model the processes leading to the introduction, establishment and spread of vectors and/or VBD, and to assess the possible control strategies to break the epidemiological cycles of VBD.
Following the successful formula established by EDEN, the project is organised around a set of vertical disease-related activities linked by horizontal themes which provide integrated technical input to the vertical groups, minimising duplication and ensuring a coordinated approach throughout the project.
In EDENext the vertical focus is on vector groups : ticks, rodents and insectivores, mosquitoes, Culicoides, and sand flies.
See also: http://www.edenext.eu/
Legend to the figures:
Figure 1: Workpackage structure
Figure 2: Map of participating institutions