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IDAlert – Infectious Disease decision-support tools and Alert system

WP5: Evaluating local interventions for resilience to zoonotic diseases


IDAlert is a Horizon Europe project designed to co-create innovative policy-relevant pan-European longitudinal indicators on climate-induced disease risks across hazard, exposure, and vulnerability domains where animals, human and the environment interface. The project focuses on sub-national Indicators that are disaggregated through an inequality lens and aims to generate tools to assess cost-benefit of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures across sectors and scales. We plan to co-create and prototype surveillance, early warning and response systems to increase health system resilience at regional and local levels, and to reduce socio-economic inequality. We employ multilevel engagement and utilize innovative methodologies, existing and new data streams and citizen science with knowledge generation and collection in selected hotspots in Bangladesh, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden that are experiencing rapid urban transformation and heterogeneous climate-induced disease threats. The IDAlert team includes authorities in climate modelling, environmental economics, infectious disease epidemiology, the social sciences, One Health and EcoHealth. IDAlert‘s approach will ensure long-lasting impacts on EU climate policy while providing new evidence and tools for the European Green Deal to strengthen population health resilience to climate change.

The Heidelberg Institute of Global Health leads work package 5 (WP5): Evaluating local interventions for resilience to zoonotic diseases. WP5 aims to explore climate change mitigation policies in Europe and investigate the effects of specific infrastructural changes on mosquito abundance. We will use experimental and quasi-experimental study designs to explore these effects at five case study sites across Europe: Barcelona and Girona (Spain), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Attica (Greece), and Heidelberg (Germany), focusing on mosquitoes that can transmit viruses such as dengue, zika, West Nile, and chikungunya. These studies will help to understand where to target disease prevention actions and to be informed when making future climate change mitigation policies. The project will also test messaging strategies for recruiting and motivating the general public to become citizen scientists and report mosquitoes in an app, which helps authorities track invasive species.

WP5 has four main tasks:

  • Comprehensively assess case studies and understand policy processes and choices for selection of adaptation projects
  • Conduct impact evaluations of two interventions in Barcelona: (i) a storm-drain replacement program, and (ii) larvicide treatment of storm drains on Ae. albopictus exposure risk
  • Conduct impact evaluations of landscape transformations on vector and host populations that affect human health in Rotterdam and Girona
  • Measure the effectiveness of nudging strategies on users of the mosquito control app to increase user retention


Project Lead

Aditi Bunker


Team Members

Pascale Stiles

Marina Treskova

Fiona Walsh