Why This Project?

VBDs are prevalent in Southern Africa particularly in poor vulnerable communities. Bionomic, socioeconomic, environmental, institutional and climatic factors are the major drivers of VBD transmission. Under climate change, the distribution and prevalence of the VBDs are likely to increase. MABISA (Malaria and Bilharzia in Southern Africa) project has provided an opportunity to understand the likely impacts of climate change on malaria and schistosomiasis in specific socio ecological systems of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The project focuses on dry land ecologies and water systems within dry lands.

The Aim

The aim of the project is to determine the impacts of socio-economic, environmental, climatic, bionomic and institutional factors on malaria and schistosomiasis in specific vulnerable communities in arid areas of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe with a view to develop stakeholder-driven adaptation strategies.

Research Approach and Methodologies

The project follows an ecohealth approach, emphasising an ecohealth approach emphasizing transdisciplinarity, systems approach, community participation, gender equity, sustainability and knowledge to action. It applies both qualitative and quantitative methodologies as indicated below;... readmore

Research Objectives/Goals

Overall objective:

To determine the impacts of socio-economic, environmental, climatic, bionomic and institutional factors on malaria and schistosomiasis in specific vulnerable communities in arid areas of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe with a view to develop stakeholder-driven adaptation strategies

Specific objectives

1. To determine the temporal trends of the burden of malaria and schistosomiasis

2. To determine community perceptions of the influence of climate change on VBDs with special focus on malaria and schistosomiasis

3. To establish the influence of socio-economic, environmental, climatic and institutional factors on the transmission dynamics of malaria and schistosomiasis

4. To explore, define and recommend stakeholder-driven adaptation strategies to reduce population health vulnerabilities due to malaria and schistosomiasis

5. To develop and strengthen capacities among research groups and communities to enable them to assess and mitigate population health vulnerabilities related to malaria and schistosomiasis