One of most unique courses combining elements from our very successful desert medicine course with a expanded zoonosis section and venturing deep into Bushman Land in northern Namibia. A unique educational course capturing three distinct but overlapping areas of remote and wilderness medicine in one of the world’s most spectacular regions. Conservation medicine focuses on the inter relationships of human health, animal health and the health of the environment.
The most important objective of the course is to educate attendees on how we can integrate the diagnostic and problem solving skills of both human and animal health professional with the knowledge of conservation professionals to ultimately better manage the environment and biodiversity to the benefit of all the inhabitants of our beautiful planet.
The emerging interdisciplinary field of conservation medicine, which integrates human and veterinary medicine, and environmental sciences, is largely concerned with zoonose but at the present time there is very little sharing knowledge in both an academic and practical session and this course serves to address this significant gap. The term conservation medicine was first used in the mid-1990s, and represents a significant paradigm shift in both medicine and environmentalism. While the hands-on process in individual cases is complicated, the underlying concept of interrelationships is quite intuitive, namely, that all things are related. The threat of zoonotic diseases—cross-species diseases that travel to humans from other animals—is central.
Traditional procedural approaches to disease transmission investigate the relationship between human and the environment, both physical and societal, as a exception rather than the rule and the inter-specialist nature of Conservation Medicine provides a hope for significant understanding of the manner in which transmission takes place. In considering the relationship between nature and human health as a dynamic system the study of conservation medicine has the ability to provide fair greater understanding of complex medical source issues putting the issue firmly in the public domain and off public interest. For instance, global warming may have vaguely defined long-term impacts, but when an immediate effect is a relatively slight rise in air temperature, which in turn raises the flight ceiling for temperature-sensitive mosquitoes, allowing them to infect higher flying migratory birds, which in turn carry a disease from one country or continent to another, the issue becomes more real.
Specific focus is placed on aspects such as:
• Human wildlife conflict
• Emerging technology to reduce human wildlife conflict
• The role of habitat destruction on the emergence of zoonotic diseases
• Specific animal diseases and wildlife anaesthesia
• Specific human diseases (zoonoses) and treatment thereof
In association with the Wilderness Medical Society we are able to offer the ability to earn credits towards the Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Program to gain the FAWM qualification.
“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Across the Divide Expeditions. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 46 CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.’