February 15, 2018

CNES and Department of Health sign cooperation agreement on tele-epidemiology

Thursday 1 February, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Jérôme Salomon, Head of the Department of Health (DGS), signed a cooperation agreement to study dynamic spatial modelling of populations of Aedes mosquitoes that carry infectious diseases like dengue fever. This agreement falls under the broader framework agreement signed by CNES with DGS and the French armed forces medical office (SSA) on 14 October 2016, through which space is contributing to the government’s strategic e-health roadmap for 2020.

CNES is accompanying this strategy being executed by DGS and SSA by conceiving innovations, new technologies and space assets and applications. CNES, DGS and SSA signed a framework agreement on 14 October 2016 at the agency’s Head Office defining how space is expected to support the strategic e-health roadmap.

DGS is providing support for a period of 12 months to the French research organization CIRAD, the centre for international cooperation in agronomic research through development, to conduct a study designed to develop a mapping tool capable of predicting population densities of Aedes mosquitoes responsible for arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) like dengue, chikungunya and zika. The ultimate goal is to derive a geospatial information product suited to organizing vector monitoring and inspection in various French regions using meteorological data from the national weather service Meteo-France and high- and very-high-resolution remote-sensing data.

Leveraging its extensive experience of space technologies serving societal needs, notably in the fields of environmental management, climate change, risk prevention and crisis management, CNES is helping DGS to oversee this research and development study with its expertise in tele-epidemiology.

Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart          Press Officer    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51     raphael.sart@cnes.fr
Information and Communication Mission    Tel. +33 (0)1 40 56 84 00    presse-dgs@sante.gouv.fr