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On the Yarra Flyer_v3-1The Oceania Chapter of the IAEH is pleased to invite you to join them for an interactive social program at the One Health Ecohealth Congress in Melbourne, Australia. The event includes a pre-congress workshop on 3 December 2016 and a number of engaging networking events during the Congress. By providing local context and relevance, delegates have the opportunity to engage with local people, place and spaces that may ecosystem approaches to health exciting and relevant.

For more information, please visit the congress website at: http://oheh2016.org  #OHEH2016

The two-page flyer for the event can also be accessed here.

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The International Association for Ecology and Health recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Society of System Science (ISSS) to cross-promote our work. The upcoming ISSS 2016 Conference – held jointly at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA and the University of Vignan, Vadlamudi, India  from 24-30 July 2016.

The theme of the conference is:  Realizing  Sustainable  Futures  in  Socio-Ecological  Systems and the call for abstracts is now open.

The ISSS 60th Annual Meeting and First Policy Summit – an East-West Systems Dialogue – is going to be an exciting experience with two Conference locations (USA and India). The event includes an impressive line-up of speakers, public evening presentations, and a graduate course.

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Miss yesterday’s webinar ‘On the Front Lines of the Zika Virus Epidemic in the Americas’? Visit the Webinar Archive to watch. Adrian Peterson Jersey

Sign up for the next IAEH webinar on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00am EDT.

The International Association of Ecology and Health (IAEH) and EcoHealth Alliance are proud to present a live discussion via webinar with two scientists on the frontlines of Zika virus research and prevention. Dr. Felipe Naveca is the Deputy Director of research at FIOCRUZ ILMD Amazon institute in Manaus, Brazil where he is working to develop diagnostic tests and control methods for the mosquito vector of Zika virus. Dr. Jay Varma is the Deputy Director of Infectious Disease at the New York City Department of Health and is preparing for the spread of Zika in New York City and the United States.

Presentations will include:

• Zika virus emergence and epidemiology

• Zika virus clinical infection and atypical symptoms: what we know so far

• Challenges of Zika virus laboratory diagnosis

• Alternative methods for vector control: The Brazilian experience

• How New York City is preparing the public and healthcare providers for preventing and managing Zika infections

• How New York City is adapting its mosquito control program to address the threat of Zika virus

Download the flyer.

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The deadline for the two EcoHealth Career Awards has been extended to 06 May 2016.
  1. Outstanding Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth
  2. Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the field of EcoHealth (nominee must be within 10 years of completion of PhD)
Download the updated announcement here.

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The president of IAEH participated at a transdisciplinary stakeholder seminar on the health of mobile pastoralists in Chad in January 2016. Representatives of several mobile pastoralist communities met together with local and national authorities and scientists to discuss progress on health care mobile people in Chad. Health care provision for mobile and migrant people is one of the biggest challenges and still an unsolved problem worldwide. William Gholston Authentic Jersey

The Melbourne School of Population & Global Health at University of Melbourne will be hosting a short course in April titled:

EcoHealth solutions: Applying ecosystem approaches to health

This 2 day short course will include specialists speakers from across the region who will present on how ecosystems, humans and animals link to health and wellbeing. Four modules will introduce you to ecosystem approaches to health and provide you with tools to apply this in your workplaces.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact the Indigenous Health Equity Unit on iheu-admin@unimelb.edu.au.

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Nominations are open for the 2016 EcoHealth Career Awards!

The two awards to be nominated and selected for announcement at the 6th Biennial IAEH Conference in Melbourne, Australia include:

  1. Outstanding Contribution to the Field of EcoHealth
  2. Exceptional Early Career Contribution to the field of EcoHealth (nominee must be within 10 years of completion of PhD)

Past awardees may be viewed here.

For more information, download the announcement here. For any questions, please contact the International Association for Ecology & Health secretariat at secretariat@ecohealth.net.

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Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) is a network of 20 UK public-sector organizations that fund, carry out and use environmental research.

Climate change is likely to have a wide range of impacts on health – some harmful, others potentially beneficial. This LWEC report card summarises the latest scientific evidence and understanding of how climate change may affect the health of the UK population. It has been designed to make it easier to understand the nature of the possible changes and to help inform decisions that will protect our wellbeing.

The report card is based on ten technical review papers commissioned to provide in-depth analyses of specific topics. Each paper has been peer reviewed by leading experts and is available under ‘Source papers’.

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Land – use change in Brazil is a clear threat to biodiversity. We conducted project activities in two regions of Brazil: the Atlantic Forest and the Brazilian Amazon. Along with University of São Paulo and EcoHealth Alliance our team investigate the mechanisms underlying disease emergence by assessing the impacts of land use change, the types and degrees of human – wildlife contact, and viral diversity assessing bat host population. The team was composed by veterinarians, epidemiologists, social scientists and ecologists. In the Atlantic Forest, we worked in Pontal do Paranapanema. This area is located in the extreme western part of the Atlantic Forest in Sa?o Paulo State and is one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world (Myers, et al. 2000).

The process of forest fragmentation in the region is relatively recent beginning about 50 years ago, but only 17% of the original biome remains in a matrix composed mainly of pastures and sugar cane plantations. The Forest was replaced by farms, and more recently, with Landless Workers Movement become a matrix of small properties (10 ha ) along with farms. Therefore, we have important forest patches and a State Park – Morro do Diabo under high human pressure, posing many kinds of threats – hunting, pesticides and deforestation.

Despite its environmental importance, the park and the Forest patches are under intense anthropic pressure, changing the natural cycles of disease.

In the Brazilian Amazon, we faced a different dynamic, were the deforestation process is on going, and the human – animal contact has a different interaction from Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The information generated with this project will give a better understanding of human-animal contact, as well as how fragmentation influences host diversity and viral diversity. These information are critical to understand how zoonotic infections emerge and spread.

 

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Alessandra Nava  |  nava@ecohealthalliance.org

For a decade, I have dedicated my life to the field of conservation medicine, working with sentinel species such as jaguars and peccaries. Landscape change and human development along with a sustainable relation along wildlife were my focus of study. These experiences led me to a career that focuses on the interconnectivity of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems. From 2008 my team work with active surveillance for emergent diseases in Brazilian Amazon forest and Atlantic Forest, sampling bats, rodents and primates, and measuring the types of contact that human populations have with wildlife in these different ecosystems. [/author] DeMarcus Ware Jersey