Ecohealth Field Building Leadership in Prevention and Control of Vector Borne Diseases (LAC)

Vector-borne diseases make a significant contribution to the disease burden in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), amounting to about one million years of potential life lost due to premature mortality or disability (DALYs). Chagas disease, malaria, leishmaniasis, dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever constitute about 90% of this burden.

This project will build a regional consortium that will strengthen and demonstrate the value of Ecohealth (ecosystems approaches to human health) research as a means of improving inter-sector policies on vector-borne diseases in LAC.

Project activities will be organized around four strategic areas:

  • training students and health professionals in Ecohealth approaches to vector-borne diseases;
  • conducting research to fill knowledge gaps on the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases, including the scaling up of innovations;
  • promoting stakeholder participation in social, technical and policy innovations to control vector borne diseases; and
  • consolidating regional leadership in Ecohealth approaches to vector-borne diseases.

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Start Date

Friday, February 4, 2011

End Date

Monday, May 4, 2015


48 months

IDRC Officer

Bazzani, Roberto

Total funding

CA$ 4,000,000


North and Central America, South America, Mexico


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Rodriguez, Mario Henry


Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública

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