In Madagascar: A health crisis of people and their ecosystem

Jan. 9, 2014

Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot. Most of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. But natural habitats are being decimated by slash-and-burn agriculture. The impoverished people around the rainforest ecosystem of Ranomafana National Park are also in trouble, due to the lack of a healthcare system. An Emory University student team is conducting field research to develop a one-health intervention: Studying the interactions of people, their livestock and the surrounding wildlife, to find ways to help all three thrive. The team is led by a lemur specialist, and includes a veterinarian. It consists of students from anthropology, environmental sciences, nursing, public health and the development practice program. The data they gather will be used by a new NGO called PIVOT to establish a healthcare system in Madagascar.