The world is facing numerous health issues including the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. The Southeast Asia region is a hot spot for emerging infectious diseases that present serious socio-economic, environmental and development challenges.
Non-infectious diseases associated with the intensification of crop and livestock agriculture also lead to impacts on human and animal health and the environment.
Due to the complex interaction of disease emergence and environmental factors, the region needs strong capacity to respond to current and future challenges of emerging infectious diseases. One Health and EcoHealth approaches are more effective ways to tackle the complexity associated with emerging infectious diseases than employing a single disciplinary approach.
Since 2008, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and partners have worked on One Health and Ecohealth in Southeast Asia in the areas of research, capacity development and influencing policy on the management of food safety and zoonoses.