Institutionalizing Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health in West and Central Africa

This project follows up on a earlier project on institutionalizing Ecosystem approaches to human health in West and Central Africa (102148). The earlier project saw the development of an Ecohealth curriculum and its integration in nine existing master's level training programs in seven universities and institutions in the region; 270 students completed the program and nine received scholarships to conduct Ecohealth research in the areas of water, transmissible diseases and climate change. However, the quality of the curriculums and the pedagogical tools developed did not meet expectations, and the level of appropriation of Ecohealth by the universities and institutes remained weak, dependent essentially on the voluntary commitment of a few teachers.

This project aims to consolidate the accomplishments of the earlier project by improving the existing curriculums and training educators in schools of general medicine with a view to integrating Ecohealth into their institutions. In particular, the project will contribute to the creation of interuniversity doctoral-level training in public health that incorporates the link between health and the environment based on the Ecohealth approach. The project will involve expert members of the West and Central African Community of Practice in Ecohealth (WACA-COPEH), the responsible parties from the institutions involved, and international experts.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, May 2, 2011

End Date

Friday, October 10, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 317,700


North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Prof Benjamin Fayomi


Université d'Abomey-Calavi

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