Exploring Adaptation Scenarios : Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and Climate Change in Algeria

In Algeria, climate change is associated with modifications in land use and their interaction with water, with the result that the last 20 years have seen an increase in vector diseases. The health sector is responsible for dealing with epidemics, with no recourse to other sectors or to the affected population itself.

Using cutaneous leishmaniasis - a particularly widespread vector disease of epidemic nature - as a case in point, this project will develop an Ecohealth methodology to disease control. The project will be based on an in-depth study of two departments, Saïda et Tizi Ouzou, representing two contrasting natural ecosystems, the semi-arid and sub-humid, respectively. The team will endeavour to strengthen the capacity of various actors - researchers, professionals, citizens - to reduce the vulnerability of the population to environmental conditions, leading to better risk management.

The final goal is to put in place a regional strategy for the management of cutaneous leishmaniasis and similar diseases in other areas at risk in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Start Date

Sunday, September 27, 2009

End Date

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Charron, Ms. Dominique

Total funding

CA$ 358,350


Algeria, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Leila Houti


Centre national de recherche scientifique et technique en anthropologie sociale et culturelle

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