Integrating our understandings of zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing
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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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