Infectious disease and the persistence of poverty (SESYNC Blog)
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center covers our work on Land Use Change and Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases were responsible for the needless deaths of more than 8.7 million people worldwide in 2008 alone. Needless, because almost all of these diseases are treatable and/or preventable. Bonds is a co-Principal Investigator (PI) on a SESYNC project that is attempting to tackle some of these complex questions through the lens of land use change. Land conversion and agriculture have immediate, direct economic benefits to people, the PIs say, but by altering the ecological conditions for pathogens, there may also be negative, indirect effects on human health.