International Experts Joint Statement on Zika Virus

Several APEIR members presented in the One Health and Eco-health Conference in Melbourne, Australia on December 3-7th 2016. The conference aims to showcase contribution, share research on strategies and tools, and present practical examples in the area focus of human, animal, and ecosystem interface to reduce the global health risk.

Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, the APEIR Coordinator presented several topics in panel sessions and posters, including about the Field Epidemiology Revitalization in Indonesia and the Global Health True Leaders Curriculum. APEIR team in Lao PDR represented by Dr. Watthana Theppangna, presented the research activities in Lao PDR which is the surveillance on emerging infectious diseases in wildlife and human behavior study. Furthermore, the AMR team from Indonesia participated in the panel session and presented about Assessment of Doctor’s Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice and Programs in Antimicrobial Resistance in Indonesia. dvm. Riana AryaniAriefwho represented Indonesia there also presented a poster titled “Bijak-Antibiotik” Cadres: A Community Participation Model for Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention Program. All of the presentations are part ofthe APEIR Antimicrobial Resistance research results in Indonesia.

In the One Health South East Asia plenary, Dr. Hung Nguyen from the International Livestock Research Institute, Vietnam presented APEIR’s co-initiativeabout findings and lessons from the Field Building Leadership Initiative.

In the conference, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito discussed APEIR's recent progress with Dr. Dominique Charron from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada. The conference has enabled a platform for ongoing dialogue and collaborative action among researchers, policy makers and practitioners, and among the global One Health and Eco-Health communities.

The next conference will be held in Saskatoon, Canada on June 22-25th 2018.

On October 13-14th, 21 participants of APEIR’s steering committees, researchers, and partners flew all the way from New Delhi, China, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and gathered in Bali at Alaya Resort Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Partners who attended were including Dr. Hung Nguyen from ILRI (International Live Stock Research Institute), Prof. Le Vu Anh from The Vietnam Public Health Association (VPHA), and Dr. Manish Kakkar from Public Health Foundation of India.  All participants were welcomed at the registration office by Isna Mayzora from APEIR Secretariat.

Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests to 59. The health ministry told the AFP news agency workers battling to contain the outbreak in the border region had added a further 25 deaths to the toll of 34 given

Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI): Advancing Ecohealth in Southeast Asia and China

Intensification of crop and livestock production can improve food, nutrition, and income security; however, intensification can also lead to increased health risks, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss. This is especially true in Southeast Asia and China, regions facing rapid economic growth. To address this complex challenge, a better understanding of the interactions between agricultural practices, human health, and ecosystems is required.

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans.