Cuban Approaches to Climate and Health Studies in Tropics Early Warning System and Learned Lessons

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Abstract

Infectious diseases are sensitive to variations and climate change, causing impacts on health systems in the countries. Current climatic conditions favor the appearance of outbreaks and the circulation of new viruses such as SARS COV2. To alert such dangers, the creation of specialized warning systems for the health sector from climatic conditions is currently a global priority. This requires intense collaboration between medical and environmental communication, with new work approaches and methods for forecasting, using integrated climatic and epidemiological information. The objective of this publication is to show the advances and experience of Cuban research and projections, in terms of approaches and methodological procedures for the studies of the relationships between climate and health for forecasting purposes. An Early Warning System for infectious diseases and their causative agents was created. This warning system strengthens the health sector surveillance system for decision-making.

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