Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Climate Change and the Neglected Tropical Diseases

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mark Booth



This is the final published version of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Academic Press, 2018.

For re-use rights please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.


© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Climate change is expected to impact across every domain of society, including health. The majority of the world's population is susceptible to pathological, infectious disease whose life cycles are sensitive to environmental factors across different physical phases including air, water and soil. Nearly all so-called neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) fall into this category, meaning that future geographic patterns of transmission of dozens of infections are likely to be affected by climate change over the short (seasonal), medium (annual) and long (decadal) term. This review offers an introduction into the terms and processes deployed in modelling climate change and reviews the state of the art in terms of research into how climate change may affect future transmission of NTDs. The 34 infections included in this chapter are drawn from the WHO NTD list and the WHO blueprint list of priority diseases. For the majority of infections, some evidence is available of which environmental factors contribute to the population biology of parasites, vectors and zoonotic hosts. There is a general paucity of published research on the potential effects of decadal climate change, with some exceptions, mainly in vector-borne diseases.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Booth M

Editor(s): D. Rollinson and J.R. Stothard

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Advances in Parasitology

Year: 2018

Volume: 100

Pages: 39-126

Online publication date: 28/03/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Series Title: Advances in Parasitology

Publisher: Academic Press


DOI: 10.1016/bs.apar.2018.02.001

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780128151693