FIGURE 2-9 The Convergence Model. SOURCE: IOM (2003).
has assessed climate-infectious disease links and recommended development of climate-based predictive models for cholera, malaria, and several other infectious diseases (WHO, 2004); and many countries maintain or are developing early warning systems for natural hazards. Citing the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26, 2004, as a "wake-up call" about the role that early warning systems could play in reducing the human and physical impacts of natural hazards, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan called for the development of a global early warning system for all natural hazards (UN, 2006). The UN Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning,7 initiated in 2004, is leading early warning
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actors toward this goal. Integration of epidemic prediction with such related efforts could speed the development of epidemic prediction systems and facilitate more comprehensive risk communication to communities facing extreme weather events and other natural hazards.
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