The health of people around the world is tightly linked to the health of the places we inhabit.

Improved population health and more resilient health systems are attainable in the face of global environmental changes by an integrated understanding of how interactions among human and natural systems determine our health and wellbeing.

The Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network brings health researchers and policymakers together with natural and social scientists, and environmental policy experts and leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society. Through this research network, we can find a better, integrated understanding of the complex interactions between a changing global environment (such as pollution, disease pathogens and vectors, and ecosystem services) and the health of human beings (including livelihoods, nutrition, and well-being), a field called planetary health. We encourage long-term integrated observation systems to collect rigorous health, socioeconomic, and environmental data.

The Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network held its official launch event in Taipei City on 20-23 May 2019. The transition from the development phase to the full operational phase was celebrated in a ceremony in which the co-chairs described the activities that the KAN has been engaged with. As a first activity, representatives from various sectors and organizations shaped a research agenda for the KAN.

Key Contacts

Giles Bruno Sioen

Science Officer

Former co-chair and Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, Sir Andy Haines, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine describes the history and necessity for the Health Knowledge-Action Network in a video message that was shown at the launch event in Taipei City on May 20th, 2019.

The Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network brings health researchers together with other natural and social scientists, health, and environmental policy experts and leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society.

Through this research network, we can find a better, integrated understanding of the complex interactions between a changing global environment.  (such as pollution, disease pathogens and vectors, and ecosystem services) and the health of human beings (including livelihoods, nutrition, and well-being). We encourage long-term integrated observation systems to collect rigorous health, socioeconomic, and environmental data.

“Far-reaching changes to the structure and function of the Earth’s natural systems represent a growing threat to human health.”

–The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission report: Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch.

Planetary health as a movement

Another major focus will be to build regional capacity to integrate and act on planetary health knowledge to enhance resilience, protect the environment, and avert serious threats to health. This work takes place in the context of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the UN Member States in 2015, most of which deal directly or indirectly with health.

Organization

The Development Team and Advisory Group led the planning and execution of the initial scoping of the Health Knowledge-Action Network. A Steering Committee will now take the work forward and is calling for a host to support the operations and its wider network. Read more here.

Together with initial collaborators, including Future Earth oneHEALTH, the ICSU programme on Urban Health and Wellbeing, The Rockefeller Foundation – Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, the World Health Organization and the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health, Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network will further nourish collaboration with ongoing leading research programmes outside Future Earth to address its research agenda.

Steering Committee

Anthony Capon
Kristie Ebi
Andy Morse
Chadia Wannous
Chiho Watanabe
Frances Harris
Franz Gatzweiler
Gabriel O Dida
Gerardo Suzan
Jouni Juha Kalervo Jaakkola
Kathryn Bowen
Kone Brama
Melanie Boeckmann
Montira Pongsiri
Peter Daszak
Wei Ma

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group provides guidance and feedback on strategic directions, priorities, and progress towards agreed objectives for the Health Knowledge-Action Network. The group also facilitates the network of experts and institutions in and outside of research communities.

Andy Haines
Charles Ebikeme
Guéladi Cissé
Joy Shumake-Guillemot
Kari Raivio
Masahiro Hashizume
Purnamita Dasgupta
Qiyong Liu
Dr. SC Candice Lung
Virginia Murray
Yun-Chul Hong