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A prototype Earth-gauging system integrating weather and health data to manage meningitis

The overarching goal of this proposal is to contribute to saving lives and enhancing livelihood in Ghana through integration of health and environmental data, and by using that data in service of health-related decision-making.  Specifically, we aim to build and implement a prototype decision-support system that integrates two- to 14-day weather forecasts and epidemiological data to provide actionable information that can be used to contain the spread of meningitis epidemics.  By applying a preliminary economic evaluation of this decision support system, we will be able assess the potential benefit of using environmental data to improve public health outcomes,  help prioritize continuing investment in meningitis management in Ghana and throughout the Meningitis Belt, and determine the appropriateness of extending the prototype to other diseases, nations, and continents.

This effort is a small piece of an overall effort to develop an Earth-gauging System that will integrate environmental, health and development data into products that stakeholders and researchers can use to monitor variables, analyze trends and identify relationships among different variables.  The Earth-gauging System will support the prediction of emerging threats, and provide the basis for an robust early-warning system that will improve health, food security, and development and conservation outcomes.

Navrongo Health Research Centre (Tentative); Navrongo, Ghana
Dr. Benjamin Lamptey; Accra, Ghana

International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI); Palisades, NY:
Madeleine Thomson, Sylwia Trzaska

North Carolina State University; Raleigh, NC:
PI Fredrick Semazzi
UCAR; Boulder, CO: Mary Hayden, Thomas Hopson, Arlene Laing, Jeff Lazo, Rajul Pandya, Thomas Warner, Thomas Yoskas

Project Proposal

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Media Coverage

November 19, 2008 - UCAR Weather Forecasts Aim to Reduce African Meningitis Epidemics

October 21, 2008 - Battles Bugs and Viruses: Announces More Than $14 Million in Grants to Partners Working to Predict and Prevent the Next Pandemic

Internal Discussion Board

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