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Integrating city resilience and mosquito-borne diseases – a multi-site case study from the Resilient Cities Network

Egid, Beatrice, Jaramillo, Marcela, Lindsay, Thomas, Villegas, Clara, Mohan, Krishna, Ozano, Kim, Ospina, Raul, Ocampo, Carlos, Taylor-Brewer, Bindu, Restrepo, Carlos, Liakou, Lina and Wilson, Anne ORCID: (2022) 'Integrating city resilience and mosquito-borne diseases – a multi-site case study from the Resilient Cities Network'. Cities & Health, Vol 7, Issue 3, pp. 348-362.

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Urbanisation is increasing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria in cities, with resulting impacts on health and development. At the same time, cities worldwide are building and investing in urban resilience. It is not known to what extent and how cities are considering mosquito-borne diseases in their resilience strategies. This research uses a multi-site case study methodology, focused on Resilient Cities Network member cities Chennai (India), Paynesville (Liberia) and Medellín (Colombia), to understand the intersection between mosquito-borne diseases and city resilience. Data collection involved in-depth interviews with resilience representatives of each city and document review to explore perceptions of mosquito-borne diseases, their prioritisation in resilience planning and what resilience activities are implemented and how. Analysis showed that while mosquito-borne diseases are not considered explicitly as a resilience challenge, many resilience activities implemented by cities have co-benefits for mosquito-borne disease control or could be enhanced to realise this potential. For Resilient Cities Network member cities looking to integrate mosquito-borne disease control into their resilience approach, we recommend increasing awareness of interlinkages between city resilience and mosquito-borne diseases, leveraging multi-sectoral collaborations with co-benefits for mosquito-borne disease control, and engaging communities in urban planning and mosquito-borne diseases control efforts.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 510 Mosquitoes
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 600 Insect control. Tick control
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2023 14:03
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2023 15:18


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