Agromedicine is a relatively new concept. It deals with the interdisciplinary application of agriculture, applied chemistry and medicine to the safe global production of food with maintenance of the health conditions of agricultural workers and the general population (Almaida, 2009) In the simple definition, agromedicine is a study of human health related to agriculture in partnership with other agricultural, natural resources and health professionals, in the promotion of health and safety in agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The collaboration involves research, prevention, intervention, education, and outreach by physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals; epidemiologists; Extension and rural health educators; toxicologists; veterinarians; agricultural production specialists; agricultural engineers; family and consumer science specialists; and forestry and fisheries specialists (Hodgso and Cope, 2014). Agromedicine is needed to provide occupational and environmental health safety in agriculture. Agromedicine is a term coined in the 1950s to emphasize interdisciplinary, programmatic approaches which give a greater role for the agricultural professional based upon the equal partnership of the two disciplines (medicine and agriculture) to promote occupational and environmental health and safety in agriculture through research, prevention/intervention, education, and outreach. Agromedicine also was known as the application of medical and agricultural sciences to promote the health and safety of farm families, agricultural workers, and consumers of agricultural products.
In developing countries, particularly in a tropical and subtropical region like Indonesia, many people in agriculture area are dealing with tropical diseases. Most often the disease is transmitted disease caused by an insect bite in agriculture area like Anopheles as malaria vector. Human exploration of tropical rainforests, deforestation, rising immigration and increased international air travel and other tourism to tropical regions has led to an increased incidence of such diseases. Therefore, agromedicine and tropical disease are an interesting topics to be explored and developed for human welfare.
Communities need a better coordination of agricultural and medical expertise to collaborate across disciplines in so-called basic science. Dedicated teamwork across the countries is required to implement a preventive, educational approach that delivers the best science and the best outreach that our university system can provide to the International community. Agricultural Health Medicine (Agromedicine) is a priority for Faculty of Medicine, University of Jember because Jember area is dominated by farming, forestry, and fishing as well as Indonesia territory.
Studies in the agromedicine and tropical disease field should continue to address the identification of occupational risk factors associated with injuries and illnesses and prevention of spread of tropical disease, as well as develop cost-effective interventions and practices that lead to the minimization or elimination of the injuries and illnesses on a global scale, among the producers and workers in the agriculture field.
Researchers in agromedicine and tropical disease field have to be encouraged. One of the way to encourage the development of agromedicine and tropical disease research in Indonesia, and in all over the world, is to promote scientific forums, where scientists can share their experiences, publish their results, and get new insight/idea for the improvement of their research.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE
- Agricultural Health Science (Agromedicine)
- Occupational and Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals
- Pesticide Related Illness & Health Issues
- Tropical Diseases
- Traditional Medicine
- Biology Molecular
- Marine Biology
- Nutritional science
- Nursing Science