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Ecosystems and Human Health
Healthier environments, improved human health

Long-standing environmental hazards. New and unprecedented environmental changes. Rapid economic growth. Changing societies. All are affecting the health and livelihoods of poor people around the world.

Often, these populations live in degraded ecosystems that are harmful to their health, but they have few resources to improve their circumstances. They face malnutrition, environmental pollution, and new and old infectious diseases.

Since 1996 IDRC has supported research on ways to improve the health of people and ecosystems in the developing regions of the world. This work has helped establish the field of ecosystem approaches to human health (ecohealth)

Learn more about the Ecohealth Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiative (Eco EID), a partnership between IDRC, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Eco EID aims to improve knowledge and capacities to prevent and control new and re-emerging infectious diseases in South East Asia and China.


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Featured Publication

Getting ahead of pandemics

Getting ahead of pandemics

The responses to the troubling news from China of a growing number of deaths from H7N9 are all too familiar. World public-health experts appear to be waiting for H7N9 to be declared a pandemic so they can launch their policies; scientists in the lab...

News

Breakthrough study on neglected diseases in China

21/07/2014

Researchers in China have produced the first comprehensive study of the geographical spread of 14 neglected tropical diseases in the country, their prevalence, and epidemic characteristics. The breakthrough research was published in the May 27, 2014...

International competition for science journalists to attend EcoHealth 2014

14/04/2014

Supported by IDRC’s Ecohealth program, the World Federation of Science Journalists is launching a global competition for science journalists to attend and cover EcoHealth 2014. This event, the fifth biennial conference of the International...

Events

IDRC hosts workshops at Ecohealth 2014 conference

11/08/2014

Join us at the EcoHealth 2014 Conference being held in Montreal, August 11-15. The conference will showcase the diversity that exists within the field of ecohealth research. It will also allow ecohealth researchers and practitioners from around the...

Abidjan plays host to first African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and Health

26/03/2013

Researchers from around the world will gather in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, from October 1-5, 2013 to attend the First African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and Health (IAEH). The conference is hosted by the Centre...


Featured Resource

Ecohealth Journal cover image - flying fox
Visit the website of the International Association of Ecology and Health. IDRC supports the Association's journal and conferences. 

Latest Project

Addressing the Emergence and Spread of Leishmaniasis in the Borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay

Leishmaniasis is one of the most significant vector-borne diseases worldwide, with more than 2 million new cases recorded every year. In South America, both cutaneous leishmaniasis (skin infections) and the more severe visceral form of the disease …

Latest Results

Thailand has the highest rates of the deadly liver cancer, cholangiocarinoma, in the world. One of the causes of this cancer is the liver fluke parasite, Opisthorchis viverrini. In parts of northeast Thailand, nearly 85% of the population is...
Ecohealth research helps prevent liver cancer in Southeast AsiaUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityInnovation to control dengue disease in AsiaFocusing on vector-borne diseases, climate change in AfricaManaging health risks on small dairy farms in Kenya

Latest Results

A smartphone application developed with IDRC support is helping primary animal health workers (PAHWs) in Laos PDR to quickly and accurately answer questions and treat poultry. The app is also helping farmers raise healthier animals and improve their...
Ecohealth research helps prevent liver cancer in Southeast Asia Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityInnovation to control dengue disease in AsiaFocusing on vector-borne diseases, climate change in AfricaManaging health risks on small dairy farms in Kenya

Latest Results

Asian researchers have developed new environmental and community approaches to reduce the number of mosquitoes carrying dengue, the fastest-growing mosquito-borne viral disease. Dengue is a significant economic and social burden in many countries...
Ecohealth research helps prevent liver cancer in Southeast AsiaUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food security Innovation to control dengue disease in AsiaFocusing on vector-borne diseases, climate change in AfricaManaging health risks on small dairy farms in Kenya

Latest Results

Climate change poses a serious threat to poor communities in Africa that are already vulnerable to vector-borne diseases.The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its report of the consultation, “Adaptation to Social, Environmental and...
Ecohealth research helps prevent liver cancer in Southeast AsiaUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityInnovation to control dengue disease in Asia Focusing on vector-borne diseases, climate change in AfricaManaging health risks on small dairy farms in Kenya

Latest Results

Many cattle carry Cryptosporidium, an organism causing gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea that can be dangerous for both humans and animals. Preventing and managing this disease places a heavy burden on hospitals and veterinarians...
Ecohealth research helps prevent liver cancer in Southeast AsiaUsing smartphones to improve animal health and food securityInnovation to control dengue disease in AsiaFocusing on vector-borne diseases, climate change in Africa Managing health risks on small dairy farms in Kenya
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