Ecohealth Field-building Leadership Initiative in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid agricultural intensification affecting crops, livestock and plantation forestry. Such agricultural change can be good for human health by improving food security, nutrition and income. However, intensification can also increase the risk of disease, exposure to agro-chemicals and loss of biodiversity. This grant will allow a consortium of research centres in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam to carry out research, capacity building, policy advocacy and networking on the links between changing agricultural practices and human health. At the same time, the consortium will endeavour to strengthen the emerging field of Ecohealth research and practice in Southeast Asia.
Ecohealth trainer manual (FBLI)
This training manual is one component of the Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI) and part of a global initiative to build capacity in ecosystem approaches to health. It is intended to act as a starting point and guide for teachers and trainers to design and deliver courses in Ecohealth. Trainers need a common set of competencies regarding teaching Ecohealth to successfully deliver courses based on the modules proposed here. These are divided into sections, providing background, objectives, and information about teaching the subject. Complementary training materials are being created in Canada, Latin America, and West Africa, led by Communities of Practice in Ecohealth in each of those regions.
Author(s): Basuno, Edi, Borin, Khieu, Crocetti, Erin Michelle, Nguyen Thanh Huong, Jing Fang
CENPHER five year report, 2009 – 2014 : from a research project to a research center
Beginning in 2009 with a postdoc project working on environmental sanitation and health issues, the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) research group gradually established other projects and activities that have been both nationally and internationally funded. This was the basis for the upgrade of the research group to a research center in 2012, Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER). The creation and the development of CENPHER reflects not only North- South partnership in research and public health action, but also how great issues in national public health and global health can be tackled through ecosystems/ecohealth approaches.
Author(s): Hung, Nguyen Viet, Giang, Pham Thi Huong
Ecohealth research in Southeast Asia : past, present and the way forward
The introduction of Ecohealth in Southeast Asia (SEA) was stimulated by emergence of avian influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and other persistent zoonotic diseases. Interlinkages of health and the environment are particularly acute in SEA where rapid agricultural intensification, rural–urban transitions and climate change are having profound effects on ecosystems. The objective of this paper is to review Ecohealth activities within Southeast Asia over the last 10 years, to address the lessons learned, challenges faced, and the way forward for Ecohealth in the region. Activities range from those focusing purely on capacity, projects focusing on research, and projects covering both.
Author(s): Hung Nguyen-Viet, Doria, Siobhan, Dinh Xuan Tung, Mallee, Hein, Wilcox, Bruce A., Grace, Delia