Population growth and economic activity are factors that largely influence ecosystem changes. These changes can in turn have consequences for human populations, particularly their health.
Between 2013 and 2016, the ECOMORE (ECOnomic Development, ECOsystem MOdifications, Emerging Infectious Diseases Risk Evaluation) project, financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and implemented by the Institut Pasteur, helped to better understand and document the environmental impact of human economic activities and their possible link with the emergence of infectious diseases in Southeast Asia.
Financed by up to 4 million euros (4,5 million USD) for 3 years, the ECOMORE2 project will be led by the Institut Pasteur in Cambodia (Phnom Penh), in Laos (Vientiane), the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Vietnam (Hanoi) and the National Health Laboratory in Myanmar (Yangon). It will also integrate the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Manila, The Philippines.