15 December 2021

DKK 35 million for three new global health projects

Portraits of Karin Schiøler, Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl and Morten Skovdal
Karin Schiøler, Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl and Morten Skovdal

Associate professor Karin Schiøler has received 11,999,216 from DANIDA for the project Building resilience to climate-sensitive mosquito-borne viral diseases; preventing epidemics through integrated mosquito control and sentinel surveillance in Zanzibar hospitals

Climatic change and mosquito-borne viral diseases epidemics interlink as increasing temperature, humidity and precipitation exert direct effects on the biological processes of mosquitoes and their capacity as disease vectors. The project seeks to prevent hospital-transmission and acute epidemic spread of climate-sensitive mosquito-borne viral diseases by combining locally tailored mosquito control and sentinel disease surveillance at selected hospital facilities in support of the national disease control and surveillance programmes of Zanzibar. The project brings together a strong, interdisciplinary network of research and government institutions across Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania with a clear aim to strengthen South-South collaborations, while building on well-established partnerships with the University of Copenhagen - now extended to the Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation.

Associate professor Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl has received DKK 11,999,830 from DANIDA for the project Adapt Together

The Himili Pamoja (Adapt Together) project investigates climate change adaptation (CCA) initiatives at household and district council levels to identify associated transitions in gender roles and in social and health-related challenges in four sites in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. The project seeks to identify socio-cultural and structural dimensions that directly or indirectly exclude women from mainstream CCA initiatives. The project entails strategic public-private partnerships that have as their aim to promote gender transformative CCA. The interdisciplinary Tanzanian and Danish research team brings together social and health sciences, humanities, geography, biology and environmental sciences.

Associate professor Morten Skovdal has received EUR 1,500,000 from Novo Nordisk Foundation for the project CONTINUITY

The CONTINUITY project seeks to understand and address the challenges forcibly displaced persons (FDPs) face in accessing and maintaining diabetes and hypertension care, chronic conditions that global data suggest affect between 10-18% of FDPs. Focusing on the South Sudan to Uganda migration corridor, the project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners, who, together with FDPs will draw on research findings to develop innovative frameworks and educational products to advance responses to the diabetes and hypertension care needs of FDPs in the region.