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Using funding from the International Development Research Centre, EcoHealth Journal awarded eight small grants to the following individuals.
Jimmy Lee of Conservation Medicine in Sabah Malaysia was awarded funding to translate existing educational materials regarding safe interactions with wildlife. Conservation Medicine works with the Sabah Wildlife Department to conduct field research and surveillance in both Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, focusing on forested areas undergoing land conversion, and villages with high-risk of human wildlife interaction, either through wildlife habitat degradation or hunting practices. Examples of materials that were translated include: fact sheets on common zoonotic diseases, visual posters illustrating use of proper personal protective equipment, and flip chart books on how to interact safely with animals and avoid animal contact. The communications materials were disseminated to community groups in target areas as a part of planned field activities. Additionally, copies of these materials were made available at local stakeholder meetings and shared with local NGO partners.
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Dr. Guangjian Zhu from East China Normal University and the Guangdong Entomological Institute was awarded funding to support his English-to-Chinese translation of a 50-page Living Safely with Bats ‘bat book’ that covers topics including: bats are an essential part of our ecosystem; ways to live safely with bats; how to dispose of dead bats; if contact with live bats is unavoidable; managing bats in the home; and managing bats around the outside of your home. The translated books were printed and distributed via training-sessions to residents at rural clinics in suburban Yunnan by personnel from the Yunnan Institute for Endemic Disease Control and Prevention, Dali. The goal is to evaluate residents’ awareness of biosecurity and high-risk behavior around wildlife and domestic animals both before and after distribution of the books.
Dr. Thulasimala of the Bharathi Womens College in Chennai-Tamil Nadu, India was awarded funding to study Dengue in Tamil-Nadu and provide education to those in the region. Dr. Thulasimala analyzed the spatio-temporal pattern of Dengue incidence, examined the relationships of Dengue incidence with physical factors, studied the socio-economic variables and the hazard areas, and carried out a prediction analysis and formulated a model for Dengue management. The model was shared with schools and health facilities to educate the public and is expected to help lower the prevalence of Dengue in the region
Dr. Ana Perola of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil was awarded funding to support Cãoservação, a research project that aims to assess and improve the health of domiciled domestic animals (dogs and cats), wild carnivores, and humans who live near Carlos Botelho State Park in southeastern Brazil in the State of São Paulo. Dr. Perola developed and printed ten cardboard games that were used by the Cãoservação team during activities with children to promote responsible ownership, health education, and environmental conservation. The cardboard games were donated to local schools, parks, and protected areas in Brazil that struggle with conflicts between domestic animals and wildlife.
Johanne Saint-Charles from UQAM was awarded funding for the EkoSanté project, a collaboration arising from Communities of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH) in Latin America and the Caribbean (CoPEH-LAC) and in Canada (CoPEH-Canada). The funding was used to design an on-line course for WHO/PAHO staff that provides the basic concepts of Ecohealth, with a specific emphasis on ecosystems. EkoSanté also designed possibilities to bring the course to a broader audience.
Chris Buse from UNBC was awarded funding to build training materials from a manuscript ‘Field convergence in the age of Anthropocene.’ The funding was used to generate a figure that accompanied the manuscript submission and supported a variety of knowledge translation efforts. The figure graphically depicts a rich ‘family tree’ and provides an important communicative tool for illustrating the trajectory and interrelationships between the field developments across time and space
Catherine Pirkle from the University of Hawaii at Manoa used the funding to update her research group’s mobile application, Bene-fish-iary. The app helps pregnant women in Bermuda follow guidelines regarding mercury consumption from fish by using the app to search for species and average mercury levels.
Donald Cole from the University of Toronto used the funding available to adapt, develop and disseminate a dynamic, training-oriented page. The page is included on the CoPEH-Canada website to use in their webinar and local courses but is also available to support other ecohealth practitioners in teaching their own ecohealth courses. The funding allowed for the allocation of human resources to support the development of a dissemination strategy that reaches a wide audience.