Vector-borne diseases and climate chante in Finland: mapping, modelling, mitigation (VECLIMIT)

Main funder

Funder's project number: 329326

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 192 760,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2020

Project end date: 31/12/2023


Vector-borne diseases (VBD) are posing an increasing threat to humans. Quantifying this risk is complicated as it arises from the
interplay between multiple hosts, vector and pathogen species and the environment. This consortium (partners from Universities of
Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Turku, Luke, NIHW, and FFA) aims to estimate and predict these risks in relation to climate change in Finland,
and northern Europe generally. This will be achieved by integrating existing long-term human disease incidence data with data on host
communities and environment using modern analyses tools, empirical field studies and predictive modelling. The ultimate goal is to
better quantify environmental and societal factors that drive VBD and provide essential information for intervention strategies. The
main focus is on tick-borne diseases (Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis), but the concepts and methods developed can be
used in studying other VBDs affected by climate change.

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