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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

Expecting the unexpected: <br>how Canada is helping to prevent <br>the next disease outbreak

Expecting the unexpected:
how Canada is helping to prevent
the next disease outbreak

Infectious diseases know no borders, whether it’s Ebola spreading from Guinea to Liberia, measles in the Fraser Valley brought to Canada from the Philippines, or MERS claiming victims across the Middle East. These health crises are grim reminders...

News

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...

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...

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 …


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

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...
Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast AsiaInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaHelping communities control <i>leishmaniasis</i> in rural Tunisia

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...
Ecohealth Conferences: Events Highlights Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast AsiaInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaHelping communities control <i>leishmaniasis</i> in rural Tunisia

Latest Results

Since the widespread outbreaks of avian influenza in China and Southeast Asia in the early 2000s, government policies intended to reduce the risk of future outbreaks have led to thousands of small-scale poultry farmers moving to designated poultry...
Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast Asia Transforming poultry production in Southeast AsiaInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaHelping communities control <i>leishmaniasis</i> in rural Tunisia

Latest Results

Research shows that an integrated approach to dengue control—focusing on ecological, biological, and social factors—can reduce vector densities while empowering communities to tackle the conditions that put them at risk. Dengue is a worldwide public...
Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast Asia Involving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin AmericaHelping communities control <i>leishmaniasis</i> in rural Tunisia

Latest Results

As climate change and irrigation pressures mount in rural Tunisia, a multi-faceted research effort is giving rural communities the knowledge and tools to stem a growing tide of infection. Zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) is on the move. This...
Ecohealth Conferences: Events HighlightsStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Southeast AsiaTransforming poultry production in Southeast AsiaInvolving urban communities in controlling dengue fever in Latin America Helping communities control <i>leishmaniasis</i> in rural Tunisia
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