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Field Building Learning Initiative (FBLI) and Ecohealth future for Southeast Asia


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Presented by Hung Nguyen-Viet and the FBLI Regional Core Group at the EcoEID research and policy forum, Manila, Philippines, 15-20 September 2013.

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Field Building Learning Initiative (FBLI) and Ecohealth future for Southeast Asia

  1. 1. EcoEID Research and Policy Forum Manila, Philippines, 15-20 September 2013 Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI) and Ecohealth future for Southeast Asia Hung Nguyen-Viet* and Regional Core Group Members *Regional Coordinator of FBLI Coordinating Unit of FBLI, CENPHER/HSPH Hanoi School of Public Health
  2. 2. • Studies the health and well-being impacts of development factors using integrative approaches of Ecohealth/One Health with special focus on South East Asia with link to similar issues of Africa. • Focus on the link between health and agriculture, infectious and zoonotic diseases, chemical pollution, food safety and nutrition, from lab to the field. Main research themes  Ecosystem Health / One Health  Food Safety  Health Impact Assessment
  3. 3. EcoEID Main ecohealth projects in South East Asia, September 2013
  4. 4. Rational for FBLI • Ecohealth usefulness and more recently introduced in South East Asia (SEA) • Need to strengthen individual, institutional and country capacity in understanding and applying this approach within the context of the region. • FBLI aims at advancing ecohealth in SEA through integrating research, training, policy and networking • Focusing on solving human health problems associated with agricultural intensification in SEA countries.
  5. 5. Partners and Regional Core Group (RCG)
  6. 6. Main components of FBLI “Site based- concept” • Yuanmou (CN) • Hanam (VN) • Chachoengsao (TH) • Pangalengen , West Java (ID)
  7. 7. Research Using ecohealth approaches to manage ecosystems and health in the context of agricultural intensification • Generate knowledge: links and interactions among agricultural practices, ecosystems, poverty alleviation and health. • Develop practical and innovative solutions to address health and environment problems identified. • Engage with local policy makers during the early stage of the research process, and to inform them about research findings. Multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary team
  8. 8. Where are we active? Reduce pesticide use and its health and environment impact in Yuanmou County, Yunnan Province, China Better Human and Animal Waste Management in Hanam Province, Vietnam (Eco-HAWAM) Rubber Plantation Expansion and Increased Risk of Vector-Borne Diseases in Eastern Thailand Dairy Production: Connecting Issues and Finding Interventions for Small-Scale Farming in a Southeast Asian Context • Yuanmou (CN) “Site based- concept” • Hanam (VN) • Chachoengsao (TH) • Pangalengen , West Java (ID)
  9. 9. Capacity building
  10. 10. Knowledge translation
  11. 11. Highlights: Capacity Building The FBLI Ecohealth Trainer Manual and Regional Ecohealth/One Health in SEA • Developed by a group of researchers working in the field of Ecohealth, including FBLI team members • Focus on how to teach Ecohealth • Publication and launch in May 2013 Free download at: t-involved/resources/fbli
  12. 12. Highlights: Capacity Building Regional Ecohealth/One Health short course in SEA • Regionally based trainers • Practical, theory and field work • Built on EHRC Chiangmai success of risk assessment and ecohealth course • 25 participants from SEA
  13. 13. Highlights: Capacity Building • Master and PhD in One Health and Ecosytem Management (first intake expected for 2014 at Mahidol University) • Ecohealth Future Leader Program (University of Indonesia) • Journal One Health and Ecosytem Management (to be launched early 2014) • Ecohealth Network
  14. 14. Networking – Reflections on Ecohealth Future in Southeast Asia EcoEID
  15. 15. EcoEID • INDOHUN • THOHUN • VOHUN • MYOHUN 2 EHRCs Emerging Pandemic Threats Program PREDICT • RESPOND • PREVENT • IDENTIFY
  16. 16. Networking – Reflections on Ecohealth Future in Southeast Asia • • • • Complementarity : EIDs vs. non EIDs “Competitive” networks of Ecohealth and One Health in SEA Donor driven and weak sustainability Future of Ecohealth: a more “viable” and “sustainable” network with support of several donors?  A new regional platform / structure / foundation / department regionally recognised and strongly attached to the regional and national decision bodies (ministries, ASEAN…) with a more coordinated way of pooling resources from several donors to make more impacts in EIDs and Ecohealth research
  17. 17. Thank you!