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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

Proposals selected for research chairs in ecohealth in sub-Saharan Africa

24/02/2014

​IDRC's Ecohealth program is pleased to announce the results of its competitive call for Extended Concept Notes for the Ecohealth Chairs in Health and Global Environmental Change in Sub-Saharan Africa. The call, launched in September 2013, received...

Report from Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food highlights IDRC-supported research on food security in Malawi

02/12/2013

The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, visited farmers at an IDRC-supported project in Ekwendeni during his mission visit to Malawi earlier in 2013. The project, underway since 2000, set out to show that soil fertility...

Events

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...

Join IDRC at the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference 2013 in Thailand

28/01/2013

Join us at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) 2013 in Thailand January 28-February 2. Help achieve a "world united against infectious diseases."  Share evidence of how cross-sectoral and international cooperation and communication...


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

Scaling up Intermittent Rice Irrigation for Malaria Control on the North Coast of Peru

New research aims to help control malaria in one watershed in northern Peru.

Malaria is widespread in Peru's arid North Coast because of the extensive irrigation required to support rice paddies. Rice growing in the region accounts for …

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...
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 KenyaGrowing nutritious food for better health in Malawi

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...
Using 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 KenyaGrowing nutritious food for better health in Malawi

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...
Using 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 KenyaGrowing nutritious food for better health in Malawi

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...
Using 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 KenyaGrowing nutritious food for better health in Malawi

Latest Results

Since 2001, the IDRC-funded Soils, Food and Healthy Communities project has helped combat malnutrition and improve the health of poor families in rural northern Malawi. Growing a wide variety of nutritious food crops has led to stronger children...
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 Growing nutritious food for better health in Malawi
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