The utility of biodiversity to secure health is well acknowledged, but more attention is needed to link affordable access to good health for people living in remote or economically disadvantaged situations, using locally available resources, knowledge, skills and capacities. These skills and capacities relate to knowledge of health practitioners at the community level, (both formally and non-formally trained) and biological and abiotic resources.
Although the benefits of including the non-formal sector to achieve various health and development related targets are tangible and significant, there is a need for more comprehensive approaches to integrate them into public health care and conservation policies. This is because the benefits can be contextually relevant in terms of health, conservation and livelihood security at the community level (people who share an ecosystem and its resources). Moreover, such an approach directly ties into various intergovernmental resolutions that speak to living in harmony with nature, access to quality health care and similar development objectives.
In this seminar at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Dr. Suneetha Subramanian, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies, will explore the synergies, approaches and outcomes at the interface between biodiversity and community health.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to contact the event organizers please see the event page on the UNU-IIGH website.
UNU-IIGH Building, UKM Medical Centre
Jalan Yaacob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras
56000, Kuala Lumpur