Whats New

This section serves as an update on local and global events and gives you a heads-up on some of them.

New Updates

Agri-health research: What have we learned and where to next?
Agriculture plays a key role in providing people with a steady staple of crop supply along with meeting regular calorie requirements, especially for the poor. The income generated from agricultural activities helps improve nutrition and health levels of these households. Global research shows deeper understanding of food systems that help change income and health levels of people. In recent years, malnutrition has emerged as a major research area worldwide.

The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) in collaboration with SOAS, University of London, Royal Veterinary College and partners organisedthe5th annual research conference, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, on 3rd - 4th June, 2015.Researchers from around the world examined and critically reflected on what has been learned from agriculture, nutrition and health research in the past five years, forecasting future research agenda for better outcomes. Presentations covered a range of topics that includedagriculture, poverty, diet and health/malnutrition; understanding of value chain analysis in food systems, including crops and livestock; impact of environment and climate change on agriculture, health and nutrition; innovative metrics for agriculture and health research and evaluations and aspects related to gender in agriculture, nutrition and health, highlighted gaps between men and women and control of assets in agriculture.
For more details on the conference, click on http://www.lcirah.ac.uk/5th-annual-conference

Developing ideas for joint research on better human health through good agricultural practices.
Some of the most persistent development challenges that exist today include hunger, malnutrition, poor health and livelihoods. While the agrarian domain has seen significant changes in the recent years, impact of livelihoods on nutrition and health of farmers, their families and overall consumers is yet to be visible. Center for CGIAR’s Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) as a platform have been working towards bridging these gaps between development in the field of agriculture and health and nutritional unfulfilled benefits. The programme pushes the idea that agricultural practices, interventions and changes in policies can help maximise benefits on nutrition and health, thereby reducing risks associated.

Working around the broad thematic areas of Value Chains for Enhanced Nutrition; Bio fortification; Agriculture associated diseases; and Integrated Programmes and Policies, the A4NH has expertise from 12 CGIAR centers across different work fields. The CGIAR Research Program (A4NH) along with partners recently convened three regional consultations with the aim of developing ideas for better joint research programmes that enhance human health through better agricultural practices. With regional experts coming in from human health and agriculture sector, their feedback was incorporated in designing an integrated, holistic and inter-disciplinary research approach that aimed at the larger goal of prioritising public health.

The first meeting was held for West and Central Africa in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Benin in April 2015, the second eeting was held for East and Southern Africa in partnership with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, also in April 2015. For the last regional meeting on South Asia, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) partnered IFPRI-South Asia, in May 2015 to deliberate on key research areas. Some of the themes that were discussed included health issues related to zoonoses; urbanisation, wastewater and health; use of antimicrobials in livestock; controversies around genetically modified organisations and bio fortification; occupational health hazards and risks; climate change and impact on agriculture and public health; multidisciplinary action including training of OneHealth researchers; issues of marginalised population; and fortification of animal products. Another key area that emerged included the complex socio-cultural issues surrounding agriculture.

As a follow-up to this meeting, a synthesis meeting was held in London, England in June 2015 with European Institutes with the Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). For summaries of discussions click here

3rd International One Health Congress calls for global cooperation
The 3rd edition of the International One Health Congress that was held in Amsterdam in March 2015 saw over 800 participants including established and young scientists working towards sustainable One Health. Some of the issues that experts deliberated upon included finding a solution to antibiotic resistance based on in-depth knowledge that was being generated and collaborating on One Health as a solution to drivers of infectious disease emergence.

Special symposia were held on wild life, rabies, Q-fever and MERS. A session on Ebola provided insights into the cultural and socio-economic aspects of the recent outbreak and its linkages to wildlife. A science policy interface provided public health experts an opportunity to apprise themselves of the latest scientific findings in the area of One Health, infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Nearly 300 poster presentations were made including five posters by Dr. Manish Kakkar on behalf of RCZI, on a variety of issues surrounding zoonotic research in Japanese Encephalitis and antibiotic usage in milk.
For more details click on http://www.iohc2015.com/

ITM Colloquium on Health Systems and Control of Neglected Diseases in Asia, November 21 – 23, 2013, Bangalore, India
This colloquium focuses on the current state of neglected infectious diseases in terms of knowledge and practice and draws attention to control of these diseases in Asia. It aims to provide a platform to Asian scientists, practitioners, programme managers and public health policymakers with special attention to the participation of junior Indian researchers and ITM alumni. It will also explore unconventional - methodological aspects of disease control programme evaluation. Whether and how neglected disease control programmes can contribute to strengthening health systems.
For more details visit http://iphindia.org/colloq

South Asia Biosafety Conference, September 18 - 20, 2013, New Delhi
The South Asia Biosafety Programme, in cooperation with BCIL and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, invites registration for the South Asia Biosafety Conference. The two-day conference, will also include half-day workshops on ‘The Scientist as Public Communicator’ and ‘Understanding Test Protocols - Design, Reporting and Data Interpretation’.
For more information, contact Dr. Vibha Ahuja, General Manager, BCIL at vibhaahuja@biotech.co.in.

2nd International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI):
One Health for Sustainable Development - August 14-17, 2013 Brazil The conference is designed for academics, government and industry research scientists, policy makers and public servants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and others.
For details visit  http://icophai2013.org/

AITVM 2013 International Conference "The livestock-human-wildlife interface”
Challenges in Animal Health and Production in Urban/Peri-urban and Extensive Farming/Conservation Systems, August 25 -29 2013 in South Africa. The objective of the AITVM is to improve human health and quality of life by means of increased and safe food production in tropical regions through enhancement of research, training and education in veterinary medicine and livestock production within the framework of sustainable development.
For more details visit  http://www.aitvm2013.org

3rd International Colloquium on Health Systems and Control of Neglected Diseases in Asia, 21thto 23rd November 2013 in Bangalore, India.
“The Colloquium 2013” is a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Health (IPH India), Bangalore and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp, Belgium.
For Registration and other details visit www.colloquium2013.iphindia.org

International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Conference, December 12-13, 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana.
The theme for this year's conference is “translating research and surveillance into action”. It will focus on strategies for incorporating the latest in bio-surveillance approaches, methodologies, and results into evidence-based public health practices, programmes, and policies.
For details visit http://www.syndromic.org/annual-conference/2013-isds-conference/abstract-submission

Past Updates

ISID-Neglected Tropical Diseases Meeting (ISID-NTD), Boston, July 8-10
The International Society for Infectious Diseases is organizing a three-day meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases at Cambridge, Massachusetts to discuss ideas and actions related to achieving the goals of the WHO Global Plan to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases 2008-2015.
http://ntd.isid.org/

APCRI National Conference 2011, 9-10 July 2010, Chennai
The 13th edition of Apcricon shall see deliberations by National and International experts in the field of Rabies Control and Scientific Paper Presentations by researchers.
http://rabies.org.in/

WHO SEARO Regional strategy on prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistance
Document outlines the strategic vision and associated activities for prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance in the South East Asian region.
http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/BCT_hlm-407.pdf

Rabies in the South-East Asia Region
This documents disease burden, best practices of rabies control, vaccine issues and operational strategies for rabies control in WHO SEARO.
http://searo.who.int/LinkFiles/CDS_rabies.pdf.pdf