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One Earth-One Health Workshop: Contributions of Earth Observations to Public Health Practices



(Taken from the One Earth-One Health Workshop Website)

Infectious diseases and chronic conditions are issues of concern for public health. The development of evidence-based knowledge is essential for the management of these issues. Research needs to clarify the mechanisms at work and identify factors that foster the appearance, spread and persistence of diseases. These factors may be environmental, climatic, demographic, socio-economic or behavioral. In this context, integrated approaches focusing on One Health and EcoHealth concepts have to be developed to investigate the close and complex relations between the environment, ecosystems and etiological agents responsible for disease in human, animal and plant populations. Some drivers such as forest density, presence of wetlands, agricultural areas, climate and urban areas can be identified from space, but not without efficient methods and relevant partnerships to turn remote sensing into a tool suitable for the characterization, mapping and monitoring of risk factors.

This workshop is an invitation to the large remote sensing community to seek the potential contribution from EO to address public health issues with their own field of expertise (technology, applications, methods). The workshop will unfold in three parts. The first part will entail presentations by the national and international communities on current EO applications, tools & solutions for public health issues. The second part will allow participants to discuss different scenarios related to five public health themes (vector, water & air borne diseases, vulnerable human populations, and emergency management). An expert in the field will facilitate the discussion for each scenario and help the participants answer a list of pre-established questions. The third part will be a discussion that will help inform a report regarding the potential new contribution of space-based EO to public health.

The workshop will take place during the EO Summit 2017 in Montreal, Canada. This event is co-lead by the Canadian Space Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with the Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES, France), the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD), the department of Applied Geomatics from Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD, France), and VetAgro Sup (France) with the participation of GEO (Group on Earth Observation) and UN-COPUOS Space and Global Health expert team. This event is directly aligned and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All Ages) and to the GEO strategic objectives and Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) related to public health.


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