Ecosystem approaches to the better management of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases in the Southeast Asia region (EcoZD)

Published on 10 November 2010

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Start Date: 1 February 2008 | End Date: 31 July 2013


This project, Ecosystem Approaches to the Better Management of Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Southeast Asia Region, or EcoZD for short, is linking, working with, and building capacity in multi-disciplinary research groups in six pilot countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam and China (Yunnan Province). ILRI is coordinating the set of pilot research projects in these countries, facilitating learning across the projects, and helping translate the knowledge gained into feasible policies and actions.

EcoZD supports all costs related to research studies undertaken in this project. During the project’s preparatory phase (mid-2009), national researchers are working with relevant decision-makers in disease control as well as with local communities.

ILRI and its technical partners support the research teams from the design phase of their studies to their final communications in such formats as policy briefs, conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles.To complement existing projects in the Southeast Asia region on emerging infectious diseases, EcoZD may support research into endemic or neglected, as well as emerging, zoonoses if the former are deemed high-priority issues by national decision-makers and local communities.

EcoZD links the national research teams in each of its six pilot countries through regular workshops and virtual work spaces and discussion forums. Regional networking is enhanced by close links to the Asian Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (APEIR), the Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance network (MBDS) and other relevant bodies and sectors (for example, agriculture, land use, conservation).

In terms of technical inputs, ILRI is providing expertise in animal health, veterinary public health, risk assessment, geographic information systems, modelling and socioeconomics. MBDS and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (formerly Swiss Tropical Institute) are providing the project with their public health expertise. APEIR researchers are in a position to provide valuable local knowledge in respect to animal health, public health, & socio-economics; Veterinarians Without Borders–Canada is providing expertise in ecohealth approaches.

Expected outputs
Tools, methods, approaches and lessons used or generated and found useful by EcoZD will be disseminated to South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to support development of similar projects in these regions.

Funding: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


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2 Responses to “Ecosystem approaches to the better management of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases in the Southeast Asia region (EcoZD)”

  1. Chuo Richard Buoh says:

    funding opportunities for academic research projects within CGIAR framework

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