Integrating our understandings of zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing
BATS AND EBOLA The Washington Post has corrected a misquote from Melissa Leach’s recent blog in The Lancet Global Health, ‘Ebola in Guinea – people, patterns and puzzles’. It appeared in an article which misrepresented her contention, based on her studies in Guinea, that humans and bats have long co-existed in the region. Melissa, who is advising MSF as it works to control the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, said: “Over-simplified views of one-way deforestation may feed popular ideas that stereotype and blame rapacious farmers and loggers for their current disease predicament, but do not help us understand [Ebola's] origins.”
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We are 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.
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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