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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

Research improves secure access </br>to nutritious food

Research improves secure access
to nutritious food

Since its inception, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has worked with researchers and smallholder farmers in developing countries to increase access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, and affordable food. Research has improved...

News

Call for Proposals: IDRC, NIH collaborate on global environmental and occupational health program

16/09/2014

IDRC is pleased to announce its collaboration with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program. This call invites applications for parallel support from IDRC to GEOHealth Hub...

Eight science journalists win scholarships to attend Ecohealth 2014 conference in Montréal

22/07/2014

IDRC is pleased to announce the eight winners of the 2014 Ecohealth Scholarships, an  international science journalist competition organized by the World Federation of Science Journalists.More than 200 journalists applied for the scholarships. The...

Events

Highlight: EcoHealth 2014 conference

11/08/2014

More than 500 researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners from 60 countries gathered in Montréal in August for EcoHealth 2014. They shared their perspectives on a research approach that looks at the links between ecosystems and human...

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...


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

Ecohealth Chair on Urban Air Pollution and Non-Communicable Respiratory Diseases (West Africa)

Urban air pollution, indoors and outdoors, is a major worldwide health and environmental problem, particularly in Africa, where it is associated with economic activity, transportation, and the use of biomass for cooking. This problem is exacerbated …


IDRC at EcoHealth 2014
Join us at Ecohealth 2014 being held at the
Université du Québec à Montréal,
August, 11-15.
Monitoring local carp (cyprinoid) populations. Eaten raw, these fish are the main culprit behind human infection.

Latest Results

Tourism is an important driver of economic growth throughout Southeast Asia. However, a booming tourism industry has caused dramatic changes to populations and ecosystems through rapid urbanization, extensive land development, and the exploitation...
Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaReducing the risk of Japanese encephalitis in India and Nepal

Latest Results

Vector-borne diseases are a significant public health concern in Latin America and the Caribbean and are responsible for one million years of potential life loss due to premature death or disability. Building on over a decade of ecohealth research...
Reducing the risk of rabies in Bali Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaReducing the risk of Japanese encephalitis in India and Nepal

Latest Results

From August 11-15, 2014, ecohealth researchers and practitioners from around the world will convene in Montréal for the Ecohealth 2014 Conference. Ecohealth 2014 marks the 5th biennial conference of the International Association for Ecology and...
Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the Caribbean Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaReducing the risk of Japanese encephalitis in India and Nepal

Latest Results

Agricultural production is rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia. While this can lead to improved food security, nutrition, and income in the region, it also increases the risk of disease, exposure to chemicals, and the loss of biodiversity. The...
Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaReducing the risk of Japanese encephalitis in India and Nepal

Latest Results

The Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus results in between 30,000 to 50,000 reported cases a year in South and Southeast Asia. Generally, the virus presents mild symptoms in people, but children are especially vulnerable. Acute cases are often fatal as...
Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast Asia Reducing the risk of Japanese encephalitis in India and Nepal
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