About Us

Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa is a research programme designed to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of helping people move out of poverty and promoting social justice. It is funded by The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA).

The three-and-a-half year programme will focus on four emerging or re-emerging zoonotic diseases in four diverse African ecosystems. Its innovative, holistic approach will marry the natural and social sciences as it builds an evidence base designed to inform global and national policy players seeking effective, integrated approaches to control and check disease outbreaks.

The Drivers of Disease Consortium comprises 20 partners spanning Africa, Europe and the US, and includes researchers in the environmental, biological, social, political, and human and animal health sciences. They will generate new knowledge on:


  • Ecosystem change
  • How ecology and people’s interactions with ecosystems affect disease emergence
  • Disease transmission and exposure

They will also make significant contributions to understanding, measuring and modelling diseases and disease affect on human wellbeing.

Find out more about our approach.

Our Focus

Drivers of Disease will see natural and social scientists working on four zoonotic diseases, each affected in different ways by ecosystem changes and having different impacts on people’s health, wellbeing and livelihoods. These are:


  • Henipavirus infection in Ghana
  • Rift Valley fever in Kenya
  • Lassa fever in Sierra Leone
  • Trypanosomiasis in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Find out more about our case study diseases.


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