Red Americana para
la Investigación de Cambios en la
Ecología y Salud

Animal Component

Rodent Samplings:

For the Peruvian Amazon, rodent trapping missions are scheduled to be performed every 4 months, to include samples from each season (rainy, dry) each year.

The sites selected for trapping are 4 villages located along the recently built Inter-oceanic highway, in the Madre de Dios region, in the southern Peruvian Amazon: Santa Rosa, Florida Baja, Alegria and La Novia. (See Map of sites)

First trapping session: was conducted in December 2013 in the Madre de Dios region. A total of 167 individuals were captured in the 3-week field work period.

The second trapping session was conducted in June 2014, the third in October 2014, the fourth in January 2015, the fifth in May 2015 and the sixth in September 2015.

Human Component

The initial qualitative assessment for the human behavioral study took place in Madre de Dios, Peru in February 2014. Focus group discussions and interviews were conducted in 8 communities along the inter-oceanic highway to determine the impact of road construction and habitat perturbation in Madre de Dios on people's lives, in their perspective.


Rodent samplings:
The sixth trapping mission just finished. It was held in September 2015, a 23 days sampling trip. A total of 165 individuals were collected and sampled.

Next field mission is scheduled for May 24th, 2016. (See our field work)

Human component:
A social intervention consistent in workshops to identify key problems and local leaders to pursue solutions for the communities will start soon!
More information to come.

Dissemination activities:
We organized the "First interdisciplinary meeting on emerging infections and global change: a One Health approach", to be held on March 21st, as a nested scientific session on the Latin American version of the ASTMH conference, to be held in Lima, Peru

In parallel, we will have RAICES annual Steering Committee meeting, nested into its scientific program