60% of all known human, disease-causing pathogens originate in animals. One of those diseases is rabies, which kills more than 70,000 people every year worldwide.
Tackling these problems requires integrated approaches to animal, human and environmental health.
The Field Building Leadership Initiative (FBLI) aims to build the capacity of researchers, young professionals and students in Ecohealth. Coordinated by eight institutions in Southeast Asia, we tackle issues related to agricultural intensification and health.
At the local level, we partner with communities to improve education for children around environment and health.
Responding to the ever-present risk of rabies outbreaks which is endemic in Laos, we provide ongoing rabies education for communities and dog vaccinations
- Community Health Days to promote hygiene and sanitation, better waste management, and other healthcare messages amongst school children and parents in Laos and Cambodia
- Rabies education to improve awareness on rabies prevention; campaigns for rabies vaccination for dogs, and emergency response in case of rabies outbreaks in Laos
- Ecohealth capacity building with regional networks
- Provided health promotion and environmental awareness education via learning through play to more than 2000 children in Laos and Cambodia
- Vaccinated over 4000 dogs and cats against rabies and provided human vaccine for at-risk community members in Laos
- Produced a manual and videos for teachers, lecturers and community workers to teach Ecohealth – all content is free and available here
Current projects include:
- Field Building Leadership Initiative
- Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Laos and Cambodia