Policy Influence and Urban Slums in Latin America : Ecohealth International Workshop

IDRC's Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health (Ecohealth) program initiative has been active in Latin America and the Caribbean for the past eight years. Ecohealth recognizes that it is now imperative to systematize the lessons learned, and to focus on influencing policy and institutionalizing the approach. At the same time, a review of the program initiative highlighted urban slums as a new entry point. This project will allow Ecohealth to act on all three orientations. It will do so by funding an exploration of urban slums and human health in the region; a study of Ecohealth policy influence in Ecuador and Mexico; and an international workshop on Ecohealth in the context of the 11th World Congress on Public Health - Eighth Brazilian Congress on Collective Health, sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Post-graduates in Public Health (ABRASCO). The international workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the interim results of the studies on urban slums and policy influence. It is expected that the project will contribute to collaboration between IDRC's Ecohealth and Urban Poverty and Environment program initiatives, and enhance the policy impact of new research projects.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


12 months

IDRC Officer

Bazzani, Roberto

Total funding

CA$ 300,000


North and Central America, South America, Ecuador


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Onestini, Maria


Centro de Estudios Ambientales - Asociación Civil

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Inês Genoese


Network for Health Systems and Services Research in the Southern Cone

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