The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
Read more about USAID's work at www.usaid.gov
Building on over 45 years of groundbreaking science, EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting animal, environmental and public health from the emergence of disease. Approximately 60 percent of emerging infectious diseases like Ebola, HIV, Zika, SARS, MERS, and Nipah virus have all originated in animals before spilling over to human populations. Using environmental and health data covering the past 60 years, EcoHealth Alliance scientists created the first-ever, global disease hotspots map that identified at-risk regions to determine where research and field work are needed to help predict and prevent the next pandemic crisis. That work is the foundation of EcoHealth Alliance’s rigorous, science-based approach working in more than 30 countries worldwide. EcoHealth Alliance’s strength is founded on innovations in research, training, global partnerships, capacity building and policy initiatives.
EcoHealth Alliance has been collaborating with the Government of Malaysia since 2001, when their scientists and Malaysian partners identified the underlying cause of the Nipah virus epidemic of 1997-8. In 2006, EcoHealth Alliance teamed up with the Ministry of Health and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) to develop a study that would look at the risk of disease transmission from wildlife to indigenous populations in Malaysia. This collaboration was further supported by USAID funding in 2009 as part of the Emerging Pandemic Threat's PREDICT project. This inter-ministerial cooperative effort combines field surveillance of wild animal, livestock, and human populations with state-of-the-art laboratory investigation in Malaysia and the U.S. to identify unknown viruses and other agents that can threaten human and animal health. This initiative will improve our capacity to prevent diseases initially infecting people, and also enhance the Malaysian Government’s ability to rapidly respond to incidents if an outbreak occurs. EcoHealth Alliance has also provided multi-disciplinary training, research support, and policy guidance to Sabah Wildlife Department since 1988 and has recently signed an MOU formalizing our relationship and creating the Wildlife Health Unit and the Wildlife Health, Genetic and Forensic Laboratory in Kota Kinabalu.
During the last decade, EcoHealth Alliance scientists have produced critical scientific research to show that the biggest threats to global health are caused by environmental changes, and that these changes alter and often destroy wildlife habitats, causing species extinction. Environmental changes include deforestation, climate change, rapid globalization, the wildlife trade and a host of other environmental issues that lead to the emergence of infections disease to outbreak and spread. These global, human-induced environmental changes are also leading to the direct decimation of the world's biodiversity - causing the extinction of millions of animal and plant species. EcoHealth Alliance's focus is to build active programs that predict and prevent pandemics, then leverage the concerns around pandemic emergence to encourage wildlife conservation and to find global solutions to these issues.
See more at : https://www.ecohealthalliance.org/
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
UMS is an institution of higher education with the ultimate vision of achieving high quality education to local and international students and scholars. UMS has made consistent efforts to develop modern infrastructures and mechanisms, and a capable academic faculty supported by efficient management to provide an effective platform for nurturing young generations.
Medicine and Health Sciences – Strives to be innovative in achieving its vision through learning, research experiences, health services and community projects of high quality at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It aims to produce graduates, professionals and scientists who are highly skilled, with a holistic approach to knowledge in the field of medicine and health sciences to meet the needs of the public service, private sector and community.
Humanities, Arts and Heritage – Multi-disciplined learning centre which focuses on the teaching, learning and research in varied areas intended to create honourable graduates who can contribute to the development and well-being of all. Its main objective, is to expand the knowledge of social science and arts through teaching and research to produce graduates who are knowledgeable and able to upgrade, market and raise public awareness in the field with a multidisciplinary approach.
Biotechnology Research Institute – Established in 2002 with a build-up area of 8,615 m2. This research complex houses state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and is the leading biotechnology institute in Borneo. The institute is geographically situated in a biodiverse rich hotspot making it a unique place for scientific discovery. BRI focuses on three main research areas: Agrobiotechnology, Healthcare Biotechnology and Industrial Biotechnology, with special emphasis on molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, proteomics, biochemistry, tissue culture and micropropagation and medical biotechnology. It offers market-driven post-graduate programs and strategic biotechnology research in key areas relevant to its geographical location.
Business, Economics and Accountancy – Established in 1995 with the intention of fulfilling the country’s need for managers and entrepreneurs in various areas of business to ensure that Malaysia achieves its objective to be an industrialized country by 2020. FPEP seeks to ensure that its academic programs are updated with the most recent research findings and by an understanding of contemporary business, government and management practices. As a result of its proactive policy, the Faculty is capable of disseminating the recent development of knowledge in business and economics to its students.
Sustainable Agriculture – Established in 2006 with the aim of training in the fields of crop production, livestock production, horticulture and landscape who will assist in improving the agriculture sector of the country based on three main principles – sustainability, awareness and high technology. The school plays a role in developing and providing latest knowledge on agriculture through teaching and research. This school aspires to become a centre of learning in the field of agriculture.