IAEH Webinar Series
June 29, 2016 |Animal source food: Hazards don’t always translate into risks Ecohealth from West Africa: a regional webinar from the hosts of the Ecohealth 2013 regional conference in Abidijan, Ivory Coast. Informal markets are the major supplier of animal source food (ASF) in Africa, where they generate income, provide high nutritional value and are well suited to the small farm production system. However informal markets are non-transparent and vulnerable to practices which can compromise food safety because enforcing effective health and hygiene regulations is challenging. Producers in informal markets face rising standards for safety and quality; however, risk-based approaches to assess the likelihood of harm to human health are difficult to apply under such conditions. Since 2000, case studies on risk analysis of ASF (milk, meat and fish) in West Africa reveal that analysis should consider relations between stakeholders and include consideration of technology, gender, poverty, participation, market incentives and culture. This necessitates adopting the new approach of participatory risk analysis fitting within the ecohealth and one health thinking to address complex health problems. It appears that ASF sold in the informal sector often contains hazards, but this does not necessarily mean that the food products are harmful to human health. Culture, especially as it relates to traditional food preparation, is a key factor in food safety. Gender can be surprisingly effective in risk management. Food safety problems are often better solved through stakeholder engagement, using market incentives rather than public health regulation and enforcement alone. Presenters: Bassirou Bonfoh Bassirou Bonfoh is specialised in epidemiology and veterinary public health after four years as a Postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel. Since 2009, he has been the managing Director of Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS – www.csrs.ch), Director of the Consortium Afrique One “Ecosystem and Population health: expanding frontiers in health” supported by the Wellcome Trust African Institution Initiative. He was regional coordinator of the Swiss National Competence in Research North-South and coordinator of the “Safe Food, Fair Food” program in West Africa. Bassirou Bonfoh is the architect of the Malian dairy sector with the project “Healthy milk for the Sahel”. He has also been leading a pastoralism project in West Africa, Horn of Africa and Central Asia. Gilbert Fokou Gilbert Fokou is a social anthropologist and senior researcher at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) where he is the coordinator of the social science group. He has conducted studies on participatory risks and analysis and quality of animal source foods (milk and meat) in Mali, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. He is particularly interested in perception of risks and quality as well as local risk management. His main research foci are: institutions for common property resources management, environmental conflicts, and institutions and mechanisms regulating access of pastoral communities to natural resources and basic social services. Download:
May 4, 2016 | On the Front Lines of the Zika Virus Epidemic in the Americas Zika virus was discovered in Uganda in 1947, however in May 2015, Zika virus was identified in Brazil for the first time.Brazil is currently experiencing an unprecedented epidemic, with >30,000 cases reported to date. Infection typically results in a mild disease consisting of flu-like symptoms and rash, however, it has now also been linked to severe birth defects, including microcephaly, when women are infected during pregnancy, and neurological disease in adults. Besides vector-borne and mother-to-child transmission, Zika virus may also spread via sexual contact and blood transfusion. In addition to Brazil, there are active outbreaks of Zika virus occurring in several countries, including the United States. It is anticipated that there will be an increase in Zika virus transmission in the United States this year as the mosquito vector becomes more active.
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
There will be a moderated discussion with the speakers, including questions from the audience, following the two presentations.
Dr. Jon Epstein, EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY USA
Dr. Jay Varma, New York City Department of Health
Dr. Felipe Naveca, FIOCRUZ ILMD Amazon Institute, Brazil
February 10, 2016 @ 4.00pm EST Write Shop: Getting Your Work Published Ecohealth Journal Editor-In-Chief Dr. Peter Daszak discusses the process of drafting and submitting a manuscript for publication in a scientific journal. He covers choosing the right journal, writing abstracts, maximizing your impact, and more. Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY Download:
December 14, 2015 @10.00 EST Ecohealth/One Health Interest and participation in Ecohealth and One Health approaches have grown considerably over the past decade. The two approaches have many similarities and strive for similar outcomes. Drawing on expertise from the IAEH Board of Directors, this webinar discusses the origin and application of these two concepts, and elaborates reasons for this renewed interested in inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and the opportunities this provides for professionals interested in social-ecological interactions and their links to human and animal health. Jon Epstein, (moderator) EcoHealth Alliance, New York, United States Panelists Jakob Zinsstag, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland Nitish Debnath, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh Moses Chimbari, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa Karen Morrison, York University, Ontario, Canada Martyn Jeggo, Chair, Ecohealth/One Health Conference 2016 Download: