Migration as a social determinant of dengue fever transmission in Colombia

In Colombia as a consequence of internal armed conflict there are large groups of displaced populations; their health needs vary from malnutrition, infectious diseases and mental illnesses.

In this context, Colombia’s faces several problems regarding the health status of displaced populations. Despite the public health policies -which have tried to respond to this complex situation, the perpetuation of the migration process accentuates the incidence of health problems and, especially, infectious diseases such as dengue fever in Colombia. It seems that forced migration could affect the dynamic of infectious diseases transmission in host cities. The aim of this study is assessing the role of migration process in dengue’s transmission at endemic regions that are host cities for displaced population.

Adriana Pacheco-Coral is the PhD research student and Andrew Hayward the principal supervisor. Maria Kett from Department of Epidemiology & Public Health is the subsidiary supervisor.

This study is sponsor partially by Colombian Agency for Science and Technology Development and the 2012 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants awards http://www.ucl.ac.uk/grand-challenges/small-grants-2012. A specific grant for community participation in dengue -among displaced populations, was awarded from the Train and Engage Science Life Medical School funding stream 2012. 

Page last modified on 21 nov 12 12:23