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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

IDRC announces a new initiative to fight Ebola

09/03/2015

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announce their collaboration to support a...

Call for applications for 2015 Ecohealth summer course

13/02/2015

The eighth annual short ecohealth summer course will be hosted at the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM) from June 3-16, 2015. Applications are now open to graduate students, professionals, and practitioners interested in ecohealth. The...

Events

Highlight: Research Chair unites four West African universities in battle against urban pollution, non-communicable diseases

26/02/2015

​Local and regional experts including researchers, consultants, and academics convened in Cotonou, Benin, on February 26, 2015 to launch a Research Chair on EcoHealth. The Chair unites four West African universities that have pledged to reduce air...

World Congress on Public Health to focus on healthy people, healthy environment

11/02/2015

The 14th World Congress on Public Health will be held February 11 to 15, 2015, at Science City, Kolkata, India. This year's theme is "Healthy People – Healthy Environment." The Indian Public Health Organization (IPHA) and the World...


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

Intersectoral Municipal Leadership for Health in Latin America

This project aims to build ecohealth leadership at the municipal level in Colombia and Venezuela to address health priorities, including vector-borne diseases and food systems interventions for non-communicable disease …

Latest Results

In southwestern Uganda, population growth, climate change, and agricultural policies have reduced access to grazing and water points, forcing pastoralists to adopt sedentary lifestyles in and around wildlife conservation areas. This has led to more...
Empowering rural communities to minimize wildlife related diseases Building resilience to climate variability in Uganda’s “cattle corridor”Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights

Latest Results

Extensive areas of sub-Saharan, particularly East Africa, are vulnerable to the long-term consequences of climate change and the short-term increase in climate variability. With IDRC support, researchers from the Africa Innovations Institute set out...
Empowering rural communities to minimize wildlife related diseases Building resilience to climate variability in Uganda’s “cattle corridor”Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights

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...
Empowering rural communities to minimize wildlife related diseases Building resilience to climate variability in Uganda’s “cattle corridor” Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights

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...
Empowering rural communities to minimize wildlife related diseases Building resilience to climate variability in Uganda’s “cattle corridor”Reducing the risk of rabies in Bali Strengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the CaribbeanEcohealth Conferences: Events Highlights

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...
Empowering rural communities to minimize wildlife related diseases Building resilience to climate variability in Uganda’s “cattle corridor”Reducing the risk of rabies in BaliStrengthening the field of ecohealth research in Latin America and the Caribbean Ecohealth Conferences: Events Highlights
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