Integrating our understandings of zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing
NEW FINDINGS! A paper from Drivers of Disease researchers details why Lassa fever control needs to consider the role of human-to-human transmission and ‘super-spreaders’. Read the full paper at ‘PLOS NTD‘, a related blog on the awkward public health questions arising from the research at ‘Lancet Global Health’ and a Cambridge University story on the research itself.
NEW BRIEFING! The Politics of Delivering One Health outlines the importance of understanding the context in which policymakers operate.
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.
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