Investigating disease ecologies in West Africa
Why have biodiversity-rich tropical regions like West Africa, often sites of natural resources attracting western economic interests, become identified as emerging disease hotspots in scientific and popular understanding? The EU-funded VIRHIST project will explore the ecological, economic, political and social forces at play that have made certain West African regions into profitable sites of natural resource extraction, productive enclaves of biomedical research, and hot zones for pandemic threats. By focusing on the history of yellow fever, hepatitis B, Ebola, and other viral infectious diseases, the project will identify the intended and unintended consequences of landscape change and biomedical interventions that have shaped disease emergence and impacted the lives and livelihoods of human and nonhuman beings in West Africa.
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