News and Events

The Zoological Park Organisation of Thailand and the Global Health Asia Institute Officially Join Forces to Promote Planetary Health in Thailand

PRESS RELEASE | January 30 2018, Bangkok, Thailand


Realising the interdependence between humans, animals and the environment, the Zoological Park Organization (ZPO) and the Global Health Asia Institute (GHAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote environmental conservation jointly with public health and wildlife protection. The signing ceremony timely took place on the occasion of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC), convened in 2018 under the theme “Making the World Safe from the Threats of Infectious Diseases.” Bringing world-renowned experts, PMAC is the right platform to establish this new partnership, as it, for the first time, recognizes the notion of “planetary health” in Thailand. Planetary Health is an innovative approach valuing the protection of natural resources as a means to improve human health. The ceremony occurred in the presence of representatives from the Planetary Health Alliance, a network hosted by Harvard University and funded by Rockefeller Foundation (read more).



Strategies and Solutions for a Sustainable Society — Unveiling Opportunities for Planetary Health Research in Southeast Asia in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals

ROUND TABLE | January 30 2018, Centara Grand at Central World, Bangkok, Thailand


Global Health Asia Institute organises a side event parallel to the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2018 this coming January on the theme of Planetary health. Unprecedented human impact and transformation of Earth’s natural system has become a pressing global threat. This event proposes to rethink public health policies in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the lenses of a cross-sectoral approach: planetary health. Simply put, planetary health is about reminding ourselves that we are not separate entities from nature. It can be defined as a new scientific paradigm showing that our health is directly dependent on the proper functioning and diversity of the biosphere. It recalls that our planet has safe operating boundaries that, if breached, could diminish our social-ecological systems and overall human resilience. Read more


Trans-national research and promoting cross-sector collaboration and socio-ecological systems and resilience approach to vector-borne and parasitic diseases

SYMPOSIUM | December 6th 2017, Bangkok, Thailand


Global Health Asia Institute organises together with the Malaria Consortium a symposium during the Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting to be held in Bangkok in December 2017. The social-ecological systems & resilience framework (SESR) developed on the basis of findings in ecology and environmental management has been suggested as applicable to vector borne diseases (VBDs). As with environmental and natural resource management problem-solving, vector management requires taking into account natural and human ecological factors, systems thinking, and transdisciplinarity. The latter provides the philosophical and practical basis for local or community as well as cross-sectoral participation, consideration of socio-economic factors, and gender equity as called for by various agencies sponsoring VBDs programs. Application of SESR, which includes the so-called ecosystem approach to VBDs, remains at an early stage and comprehensive case examples are lacking.  Read more

Workshop: System thinking & integrated approaches to Health & Disease

WORKSHOP | November 7-10 2017, Krabi, Thailand


As nations become increasingly interconnected, globalization grows our social and ecological systems in complex new ways. Technological advancement spawns system after system, each increasing in interdependence on other systems that have come before. International trade ties nations together in economic feedback loops. Policy changes in one nation inevitably cause ripple-effects in another. Systems, if ever they were separated, are indomitably moving towards interconnectedness as we hurtle into a globalized economy and governance. All of these systems feed into each other to produce extremely complex, unpredictable effects. Or, do they? Read more




3rd Forum Health and Biodiversity

FORUM | July 25 2017, Bangkok, Thailand


Dramatic expansion of agriculture, cities and industries, coupled with population growth, this relationship shift has become more troublesome. Incidents, including death, can occur when people are protecting their plantations; getting water, crossing roads and also in cities, as animals are losing their natural habitats and migrating to urban areas. Increased competition for habitat and the basic life necessities of food and water, which may only be further aggravated by climate change, is mainly responsible for the worsening situation involving human-wildlife interaction. Increased back and forth transmission of known and unknown infectious pathogens involving humans, livestock, and wildlife is another result of these ecological imbalances. This simultaneously puts people’s livelihoods and health, as well as biodiversity at risk. This 3rd Forum on Health and Biodiversity highlighted discussions on wildlife – human interactions in the context of land use change in Thailand. Experiences from Researchers, Veterinarians and conservation practitioners were shared and solutions were brainstormed.





13th Annual Conference on Thai Studies

SYMPOSIUM | July 15 – 18, 2017, Chiang Mai, Thailand


The 13th International Conference on Thai Studies was organized by Chiang Mai University in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University (CU-SRI), Mahidol University (IPSR), Thammasart University (Thai Khadi Research Institute), and Khon Kaen University (HUSO-KKU). This conference is an academic platform for scholars of Thai society to present ideas, exchange views and engage in debates on Thai Studies. Freedom of expression within the academic context is a core value of this conference. Global Health Asia Institute was invited to attend an interdisciplinary panel discussion on Bile Duct Cancer, Liver flukes and health development in North East Thailand.  Read more




ISA International Conference

CONFERENCE | June 15 – 17, 2017, Hong Kong

The Pacific region is increasingly important economically and politically. As a result, some have suggested that the twenty-first century will be the Pacific Century, placing the countries around the Pacific at the center of global relations. Countries around the Pacific and beyond have experienced dramatic economic growth, changing political dynamics in the Asian region and elsewhere. These political and economic changes have given rise to the call for a “pivot to Asia,” demonstrating the increasing importance of the region. Indeed, the political, economic, demographic, and environmental transformations under way in the Asia-Pacific region will reverberate beyond the region throughout the globe. Read more




Inaugural Planetary Health Annual Meeting

MEETING | April 28 – 30, 2017, Boston, USA


Global Health Asia Institute, as an active member of the Planetary health Alliance, participated in the inaugural Planetary Health meeting, held in Boston. The goal of the inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting was to bring together a diverse group of students, investigators, instructors, policy makers, and other interested individuals who are committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change. Read more


As appeared in the Huffpost

The elephant, the toad and Madam Flavienne: managing human-wildlife conflict in Gabon

BLOG ARTICLE | By Nicole de Paula, April 22, 2017

 It’s 3pm in Kazamabika, a village near the Lopé National Park in Gabon, since 2007, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After walking several minutes into a tropical rainforest, I met Madam Mabara Flavienne, a farmer who effortlessly gained my heart in the middle of her plantation. I went to see this captivating lady to learn about her decades of struggle with forest elephants and Gabon’s efforts to protect the species from an unrelenting legion of ivory poachers. She explained that since 1965 those giants have been the largest headache for hard-working farmers, many of whom—the women primarily—spend long hours in the equatorial sun trying to put food on the table. Similarly, elephants are also fighting for their survival. Alarming rates of illegal logging are decimating the forest and the number of trees, which supply the elephant with a natural diet of leaves, bark and fruit.  Read more




17th National Conference & Forum on Science, Policy & the Environment

January 24 – 26, 2017, Washington DC, USA


Over the past decade, the term One Health has been rationally applied to historic and evolving roles including research and application in the fields of: comparative morphology and physiology, animal models of human diseases, translational medicine, zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance. In recent years, One Health has added to those areas greater attention on understanding and prevention of infectious disease transmission at the wildlife/domestic animal/human interface. Read more






8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress

November 13 – 17, 2016, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

GLOBAL HEALTH ASIA was invited at the UNEP-WHO roundtable “Emerging Environment and Health Linkages in Asia”. During the meeting GHA position was to emphasise that Rural societies are the de facto stewards of much, if not most, of the world’s ‘biodiversity’. Their livelihoods and health are directly dependent on the biodiversity in their immediate surroundings. Also, the rural environments in which these stakeholders live are changing more rapidly than any other lands with, in particular, a trend toward agriculture intensification dictated by globalization and an increasing use of agro-chemicals in crop production and pharmaceuticals in industrial livestock operations. Read more





Biodiversity And Health Forum

November 9th, 2016

Although it is arguable that our understanding of the mechanisms underpinning health and biodiversity relationships is improving,  the focus has been understanding biodiversity predominantly from the standpoint of its biophysical properties and processes, and an anthropocentric perspective with human societies as an external stressor and beneficiary of biodiversity, a substantially different set of issues and gaps emerge when biodiversity, as well as health, is considered in the context of rural, tropical developing environments and livelihoods, from an intervention perspective—particularly in the logic of evidence based intervention for community resilience in their complex social-ecological systems.Rural societies are potentially, if not actually, the de facto stewards of much, if not most, of the world’s ‘biodiversity’. Read more




Health And Climate Colloquium 2016 – Columbia University

The purpose of the three-day event was to help build a global community of health practitioners and policymakers that understand and can use climate information to support health delivery and improved outcomes in the context of a changing climate. The meeting focused on infectious diseases, nutrition and the public health outcomes of meteorological disasters.

“In North America, changing weather patterns in both hemispheres are causing alarming disruptions,” Fried wrote in the Huffington Post. “A relatively dry El Niño winter and a warm spring that melted snow earlier-than-normal created forest firesthat forced the evacuation of 80,000 Alberta residents and destroyed more than 702,000 acres—about 1,096 square miles. The Zika virus is entering the United States from the Caribbean, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 20 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents will become infected with the mosquito-borne virus this year. … The climate shocks associated with natural variability, such as El Niño, are being compounded by longer-term climatic trends—particularly in temperature—which facilitate further spread of the disease.”

For more information please consult the following report and watch the video below