Capacity building in EcoHealth: Experiences and evaluation of training using a "learning by doing" approach, within academic and non-academic contexts
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Gilbert, J. 2013. Capacity building in EcoHealth: Experiences and evaluation of training using a "learning by doing" approach, within academic and non-academic contexts. Presented at the 14th international conference of the Association of Institutions for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (AITVM), Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-29 August 2013. Nairobi, Kenya: ILRI.
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EcoHealth and OneHealth are complementary approaches,- sharing the central vision of better solutions to health problems via collaboration across multiple sectors and disciplines. EcoHealth initiatives are active in Southeast Asia, West Africa and Latin America, - mostly supported by the Canadian International Development Research Centre. (www.idrc.ca) The presentation will outline the background, context and results of training conducted within the IDRC-funded Ecosystem Approaches to the Better Management of Zoonotic Emerging Infectious Diseases in SE Asia (EcoZD) project that was implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in six countries from 2008 – 2013. The central theme (tagline) of the EcoZD project was ‘learning by doing’. Training inputs enabled the multi-disciplinary research teams conceptualise and develop research proposals; then conduct, analyse and write-up the research, – applying EcoHealth concepts. A combination of formal workshops and ad hoc mentoring by ILRI researchers was utilised. The EcoZD project also established two EcoHealth Resource Centres at Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Gadja Mada (Indonesia) universities, with the objectives of providing sustainable capacity building in the Southeast Asia region, - including training, research and advocacy for Eco/One-Health. ‘Lessons learnt’ and substantial challenges will be shared, - for example standardising Eco/One-Health as a paradigm (and the difference between them), essential core capacities, and the operational challenges of administration research projects across different sectors and ministries. In addition to supporting research activities ILRI also conducted on-going monitoring and evaluations to record how teams put into practice novel integrated health approaches, using inquiry/interviews and ‘outcome mapping’. Researchers views were sought on whether Eco/One-Health approaches could be adopted beyond the EcoZD project. Key findings of these evaluations will be presented.