Systems thinking in the Field Building Leadership Initiative:
Advancing Ecohealth in South East Asia
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Systems thinking in the Field Building Leadership Initiative: Advancing Ecohealth in Southeast Asia

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Poster by H. Nguyen-Viet, J. Gilbert, Dinh Xuan Tung, H. Mallee, F. Unger and D. Grace presented at the 10-year anniversary of the Veterinary Public Health Center for Asian Pacific conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2-6 July 2013.

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Systems thinking in the Field Building Leadership Initiative: Advancing Ecohealth in Southeast Asia

  1. 1. Systems thinking in the Field Building Leadership Initiative: Advancing Ecohealth in South East Asia 1 2,3 2,4 Tung Xuan Dinh , Giang Thi Huong Pham , Hung Nguyen-Viet 1: Vietnam National Institute of Animal Science 2: Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER), Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) 3: Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA) 4: Swiss Tropical and Public Health (Swiss TPH) & International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Introduction Ecohealth is useful tool to address health and environmental issues in developing countries, in particular in South East Asia (SEA) where agricultural intensification processes have profound implications for ecosystems and health. Using the ecohealth approach to comprehensively tackle complex issues requires individual, institutional and country capacity in understanding and applying this approach within the context of the region. Field Building Initiative Leadership Initiative (FBLI) in South East Asia is a 5-year (2011-2016) Ecohealth program funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) consisting of three interlinked components: i) research ii) capacity building, and iii) knowledge translation. Objectives  Conduct ecohealth research to address human health problems related to agricultural intensification  Strengthen the capacity within sea for ecohealth research and practice by ecohealth training to build leadership and expertise in the ecohealth field  Engage key policy makers – at local and national levels – to interact with the ecohealth research teams, sites and communities  Facilitate networking-of-networks and knowledge sharing to mainstream ecohealth approaches and foster the development of the ecohealth field in the region Three components of the FBLI System thinking in Ecohealth approach Ecohealth is a participatory approach that looks at health as a result of a complex set of social and ecological interactions Interrelationships Perspectives Boundaries       Ecohealth principles Systems thinking Transdisciplinarity Participation Sustainability Gender & social equity Knowledge to action How System Thinking is used in the FBLI research? Research issues What and how ecosystem and health issues are related to agricultural intensification? Research methods Participatory action research approach, qualitative interviews, quantitative surveys, and participatory rural appraisal tools Partner institutions Coordinating Unit Donor c/o: Center for Public Health and Ecosystem Research (CENPHER) Hanoi School of Public Health, 138 Giang Vo, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam T: (+84) 4.6273 3162, F: (+84) 4.6273 3172 E: fbli@hsph.edu.vn W: http://cenpher.hsph.edu.vn/research/fbli http://ecohealthnetwork.org How System Thinking is applied? Rich pictures; situation analysis; interactions between practices and factors (ecological, socio-economic) and health

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