EcoHealth Alliance, a scientific non-profit organization working at the intersection of health, environment and capacity building, joins partners in advancing local and global health security. EcoHealth Alliance conducts innovative on-the-ground pathogen and behavioral risk surveillance and research to identify the hotspots for risk and the underlying drivers of disease to help predict and prevent future disease emergence events. In addition, EcoHealth Alliance actively engages with Global Health Security Agenda partners including the World Bank, WHO, and OIE in the development of operational and economic toolkits, and lead global efforts to help integrate environmental considerations in health security planning.
“Given that over half of human infectious diseases are of animal origin, and that ecological dynamics and anthropological drivers are rapidly changing and facilitating opportunities for disease spillover, novel solutions are required to anticipate novel challenges. By helping countries target pathogens at their source – addressing the drivers of disease, which overlap with biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation- we can help promote a more biosecure world while also advancing progress in sustainable development.”
William B. Karesh, Executive Vice President for Health and Policy
Through its strong partnerships with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, EcoHealth Alliance emphasizes pathways for reducing pressures on natural systems that can lead to health disasters. The high economic costs of health crises and their impact on both public and private sectors – evidenced by multi-billion dollar response costs for Ebola, Zika, SARS, and Avian Influenza viruses- provides strong motivation for proactive, multi-sectoral solutions for risk mitigation. Building on scientific focus, EcoHealth Alliance is developing solutions with non-conventional partners, including governments, development funders, and the private industry to promote optimal health security, healthy ecosystems, and healthy economies.