From the article: “Growing scientific evidence shows that environmental transformations such as climate change and pollution are linked to people’s health. The number of extreme events is increasing, often driven by human activities, and they often pose an immediate threat as well as having long-term health impacts. This is a future for which health professionals must be prepared. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is just the most recent example of the links between the environment, animals and the activities and health of people. The virus is suspected to have originated from a bat and been transmitted through an animal market in Wuhan, China. The 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome pandemic was another global outbreak that was attributed to human interaction with wildlife. The interdependency between humans, animals and the environment is becoming more pronounced. It’s time to approach health problems in a broad, interdisciplinary way. The attitudes and practices of the health workforce will have to change.”
Article reference: Henley, P. 2020. Rwanda is training health workers for an interconnected world. The Conversation.