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Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa


Integrating our understandings of zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing

REGISTER NOW! Together with the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Society, we are organising a high-level symposium, One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing. To find out more, register or submit a poster proposal, go to the ZSL website.

BATS, people and a complex web of disease transmission. Read a blog by Kate Jones and Liam Brierley on their latest research looking at disease hotspots.

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa is a consortium of researchers from 20 institutions in Africa, Europe and America undertaking a major ESPA-funded programme to advance understanding of the connections between disease and environment in Africa. Our focus is animal-to-human disease transmission and our objective is to help move people out of poverty and promote social justice.

Our video explains what we are doing and why we are doing it. View A Wider Wellbeing: How multidisciplinary research is helping to create a healthier world – for people, for animals and the environment in which both live

Listen to Professor Melissa Leach, Drivers of Disease Principal Investigator, talking about the Drivers of Disease programme.

Over the past few decades, more than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans have had their origin in wildlife or livestock. As well as presenting a threat of global disease outbreak, these zoonotic diseases are quietly devastating lives and livelihoods.

At present, zoonoses are poorly understood and under-measured – and therefore under-prioritised in national and international health systems. There is a massive needs for evidence and knowledge to inform effective, integrated One Health approaches to disease control. Our Consortium will provide this evidence and knowledge.

Find out more:

About Us                           Our Approach

Our People                        The Consortium

The Diseases                    Latest Publications

Multimedia                       Media Centre


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