HEAL-Related News

  • Dr. Montira Pongsiri to Direct WCS HEAL Program, Guide Policy Work of New Planetary Health Alliance

    Program Updates February 02, 2016

    The HEAL Program is extremely excited to have Dr. Montira Pongsiri on board. Montira was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), based in Jakarta, where she led the Mission’s efforts to apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to improve the capacity and quality of science-based policy making…. Read More

  • The Choking Problem of Asia’s Air Pollution

    Current Events February 02, 2016

    At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its tidy streets and clean, green image. But for much of that particular school year, clouds of smoke shrouded the skyline…. Read More

  • ‘Planetary Health Alliance’ Launched with Support from The Rockefeller Foundation

    Program Updates January 07, 2016

    The Wildlife Conservation Society and our primary HEAL partners at Harvard University are excited to announce an expansion of our efforts to bring attention to and address ongoing degradation of the world's diverse ecosystems and the associated major public health threats humanity faces. We will be doing so under the umbrella of a new partnership, "HEAL 2.0" in a sense, called the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA). Planetary Health is a term emanating from The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health (as per the July 17, 2015 HEAL News posting) as shorthand for a field explicitly focused on the public health implications of human-driven environmental change, with an emphasis on applying sound science to underpin constructive policy change in the interrelated land-use planning, environmental conservation, and public health realms.... Read More

  • Association between Landscape Factors and Spatial Patterns of Plasmodium knowlesi Infections…

    Current Events January 07, 2016

    The zoonotic malaria species Plasmodium knowlesi has become the main cause of human malaria in Malaysian Borneo. Deforestation and associated environmental and population changes have been hypothesized as main drivers of this apparent emergence; however, detailed environmental risk factors for P. knowlesi infections in humans are unknown. Clarifying these relationships is vital to predicting and responding to future disease outbreaks.... Read More

  • Industrial Concessions, Fires and Air Pollution in Equatorial Asia

    Program Updates September 25, 2015

    Forest and peatland fires in Indonesia emit large quantities of smoke leading to poor air quality across Equatorial Asia. This paper from the University of Leeds and CIFOR provides a perspective on how results from HEAL's “Health Impacts of Fire-Based Land Management” research can be translated into land-use focused policy prescriptions. Read More

  • Wetlands and Human Health

    Program Updates August 25, 2015

    HEAL consortium members Aaron Jenkins and Stacy Jupiter have just published "Natural Disasters, Health and Wetlands: A Pacific Small Island Developing State Perspective," a chapter in an important new edited volume, Wetlands and Human Health. Jenkins and Jupiter discuss how Pacific islanders are particularly reliant on wetlands, which provide protective and essential ecosystem services in disasters, and which can also influence health outcomes, for the better or for the worse, depending upon the circumstances. Read More

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