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Abstract Background. Food insecurity is an ongoing problem in the Canadian Arctic. Although most studies have focused on smaller communities, little is known about food insecurity in larger centres. Objectives. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of food insecurity during 2 different seasons in Iqaluit, the territorial capital of Nunavut, as well as identify associated risk factors. Design. A modified United States Department of Agriculture Food Security Survey was applied to 532 randomly selected households in September 2012 and 523 in May 2013. Chi-square tests and multivariable logistic regression were used to examine potential associations between food security and 9 risk factors identified inRead More →

IHACC team with Makerere University’s Geography Department in Kampala IHACC project leads Dr. James Ford, Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford, and Dr. Sherilee Harper were in Uganda this week with Dr. Shuaib Lwasa and Didacus Namanya for a series of project meetings in Buhoma and Kampala, and partner community visits in and around Bwindi. The team first met with partners and collaborators in Buhoma last week to discuss and plan for future IHACC project work in Uganda. After successful and productive meetings there and visits to partnering Batwa communities and Bwindi Community Hospital (BCH), the team returned to Kampala for additional meetings before they head back toRead More →

The IHACC-Uganda team put together a draft emerging results booklet of recent research on the burden, seasonality, lived experience, and health seeking behavior options for acute gastrointestinal illness among the Batwa of Kanungu District, Uganda. The emerging results booklet features quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods analyses from three undergraduate honours theses from IHACC students:  Sierra Clark (McGill), Alison Sumner (University of Guelph) and Laura-Jane Weber (University of Guelph). The IHACC team is currently receiving feedback on the results and a sample of booklets are being distributed to local stakeholders and community members in Kanungu. Check out the online version: Booklet designed by Sierra Clark and StephanieRead More →

Sarah MacVicar, an M.Sc. student from McGill University is in Uganda conducting her thesis research with Vivienne Steele, a Research Assistant from the University of Guelph. Here is their second update from the field! Text and photos by Vivienne Steele and Sarah MacVicar. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through our time in Bwindi. Things have been going very well, and we are looking forward to making the most of our last two weeks here! We have had the opportunity to visit six communities in Kanungu District—two Bakiga and four Batwa communities. In each visit, with Saba and Grace’s guidance and translations, weRead More →

Update by Tom Marcello. Arriving for an interview in the Shawi community of Nuevo Progreso, Mya Sherman and I are greeted by the entire family. Catching the family while they are home during the day can sometimes require a few visits, as the whole family unit frequently goes together to work in their chakra (agricultural field), which can be more than an hour’s walk away. When we are lucky enough to find a family, we are immediately invited to sit down. A clay bowl called a mocahua is soon presented to each of us and we begin to consume the masato that lies inside. TheRead More →

Dr. Berrang Ford, Kaitlin Patterson, Sierra Clark and Isha Berry presented posters and oral presentations in Vancouver for the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium hosted by Simon Fraser University. The conference is put on every two-years and attracts medical/health geographers from around the globe, specializing in a range of topics, including infectious and chronic disease, landscapes of health and wellness, politics of geographical research, multi-level modelling, neighborhood effects on health, climate change, and many many more. Kaitlin and Isha presented posters on the first day of the conference. Isha presented on leishmaniasis and political terror while Kaitlin presented on the lived experience of food insecurityRead More →

Sarah MacVicar, an M.Sc. student from McGill University is in Uganda conducting her thesis research with Vivienne Steele, a Research Assistant from the University of Guelph. Sarah’s work will examine the potential effects of climate change on maternal and child health among Indigenous communities in the Kanungu District of Uganda. Here is their first update from the field! Today is the first day of our third week here in Uganda. We have now spent more than a week in Buhoma, and we have been busy! Before arriving here, however, we met with partners at Makerere University and the Ministry of Health in Kampala. We wereRead More →

We would like to congratulate Carol Zavaleta, now a PhD Candidate, on her successful completion of the comprehensive examination process. Carol is a Medical Doctor, and holds a Master’s degree on Control of Tropical and Infectious Diseases from Cayetano Heredia University in Peru. She oriented her clinical and research practice to work with remote rural communities in the Peruvian Amazon, and has interest in the use of social sciences and epidemiology to understand the risks and determinants of health among indigenous people. After her participation as a Peruvian National coordinator of IHACC-Peru in the early years of the project, she found that not only biological,Read More →

Mya Sherman, who conducted her M.A. in Geography from 2012-2014 with a Shipibo community as a component of IHACC research in Peru, and who had been working with the project since 2011, was interviewed a few weeks ago by National Geographic Explorer Barbara Fraser while in the country. The story, featuring Mya and other researchers, can be found here. Peer-reviewed publications: Sherman, M., Ford, J., Llanos-Cuentas, A., Valdivia, M.J., Bussalleu, A., IHACC Research Group. (2015). Vulnerability and adaptive capacity of community food systems in the Peruvian Amazon: a case study from Panaillo. Natural Hazards. Sherman, M., and Ford, J. (2014). Stakeholder engagement in adaptation interventions: an evaluation ofRead More →

Sylvia Kokunda, an IHACC Ugandan team member, and resident of one of ten partner Batwa communities in Kanungu District southwestern Uganda, was recently invited to speak at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights, where she presented on the Batwa’s current situation, past eviction from Bwindi forest, and current opportunities for enhancing political participation for minority and Indigenous groups in Uganda. Link to articleRead More →