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Linking Emerging Infectious Diseases Research and Policy Networks in Southeast Asia and China: APEIR Phase II

The Asian Partnership on Emerging Infectious Diseases Research (APEIR) is a multi-country, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research network that enables researchers and experts from several sectors, including agriculture and health, to explore joint research and policy questions in animal and public health. The partnership uses an ecohealth approach to address the complexity of emerging infectious diseases. This project presents a new phase of APEIR research on emerging threats from antimicrobial resistance and wildlife trade. It aims to strengthen the field of ecohealth and enhance emerging infectious disease control in Asia through research, capacity building, social and policy advocacy, and stronger knowledge and response networks. The wide use and abuse of antimicrobials as anti-infective drugs and non-therapeutic treatments are key contributors to persistent infections caused by resistance to antimicrobials. This use and abuse is also a major cause of morbidity and mortality around the world. In China and Southeast Asia, the lack of policy or regulation enforcements means that the use of antibiotics is not well-controlled. This research will provide evidence and guidance to develop country-specific and regional strategies to improve the responsible use of antibiotics and to reduce the emergence of resistant infectious agents in China, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Southeast Asia's thriving wildlife trade supports disease transmission to humans. It also threatens livestock, international trade, rural livelihoods, native wildlife populations, and ecosystem health. Little is known about the zoonotic disease risks involved in transmitting diseases between animals and humans. This study will assess the pathogens that circulate and will explore possible pathways of transmission to humans, specifically in China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. It will help prevent emerging zoonotic infectious diseases. It will also decrease wildlife consumption, while educating people about the safe and wise use of wildlife as a source of food protein for poor people. Finally, it will support wildlife diversity and mitigate illegal wildlife trade in the region. Building on past research on avian influenza and ongoing knowledge-translation activities in the health field, this new phase of work will help APEIR build and support regional capacity to communicate and share knowledge to promptly address emerging infectious disease threats.

Project ID
106915
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
42 months
IDRC Officer
Arlyne Beeche
Total Funding
CA$ 2,411,000.00
Location
China
Far East Asia
Programs
Food, Environment, and Health
Food, Environment, and Health
Institution Country
Laos
Project Leader
Boualam khamlome
Institution
Lao People's Democratic Republic. Ministry of Health
Institution Country
Cambodia
Project Leader
Chheang Dany
Institution
Cambodia. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Institution Country
Viet Nam
Project Leader
Dr. Nguyen Viet Khong
Institution
National Institute for Veterinary Research of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Institution Country
Laos
Project Leader
Dr. Somphanh CHANPHENGXAY
Institution
Lao People's Democratic Republic. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Institution Country
Viet Nam
Project Leader
Le Manh Hung
Institution
Vietnam National Park and Protected Area Association
Institution Country
Thailand
Project Leader
PhD, MPH Phuong Trang Huynh
Institution
Health Systems Research Institute
Institution Country
Indonesia
Project Leader
PHD. PROF. WIKU ADISASMITO
Institution
Indonesia One Health University Network
Institution Country
China
Project Leader
Prof. Fumin Lei
Institution
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Institution Country
China
Project Leader
Professor Fang Jing
Institution
Kunming Medical University as represented by Jiang Runsheng
Institution Country
Indonesia
Project Leader
Ridvana D Darmawan
Institution
Center for Indonesian Veterinary Analytical Studies
Institution Country
Thailand
Project Leader
Suwit Chotinun
Institution
Chiang Mai University
Institution Country
Thailand
Project Leader
Witthawat Wiriyarat
Institution
Mahidol University