Global change, climate change and tropical parasites

Global change, climate change and tropical parasites

On July 5th and 6th took place the 2nd edition of the event about science and health Global change, climate change and tropical parasitesThe event was organized by the Valencian Museum of Natural History and the Parasitology Department of the University of Valencia with the support of the City Council of Alginet. The objective was to alert on how global and climate changes could affect the emergence of tropical diseases, especially parasitic diseases in our environment.

One of the issue that was dealt with during the two days' workshop was the emerging tropical diseases detected mainly due to climate change. The different speakers presented various subjects related to global change such as the epidemiology of schistosomiasis in Cubal (Angola) or estrongiloidiasis imported into Spain.



The guests invited to the conference were:
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • FAO (Organization of the United Nations for Food and Agriculture)
  • World Federation of Tropical Medicine
  • SEMTSI ( Spanish Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health )
  • Response Committee Fast to Illnesses Parasitic of the European Federation of Parasitology
  • Disease control leaders in Europe, Africa, Asia and America
  • Health Parasitology Unit
  • University of Valencia
  • Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona
  • Valencian Museum of Natural History, of Alginet
     
The project manager of GLI Probitas program Mercè Claret also participated in this second edition of the event because of the existing link between Probitas and Vall d'Hebron Hospital. She offered a speech titled Reinforcement of the capacities of the clinical diagnosis laboratory in vulnerable regions. Specifically stressing the functioning of GLI program and the work carried out internationally about tropical parasitology.

Master students in parasitology, given by the University of Valencia, participated as well offering presentations of their final master attendees.