Myanmar Pig Partnership

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Dates: 2016 – 2021

The Myanmar Pig Partnership is an interdisciplinary research project exploring the disease risk thought to be accompanying changing pig production and consumption patterns in Myanmar.

People in Myanmar are thought to be at increasing risk of zoonoses (diseases passed from animals to humans) as a result of the rapid growth and intensification of livestock production in the country in recent years.

Those most at risk are likely to be farmers and frontline workers and their families, but the impacts of disease are thought to be widespread as risks come from eating pig meat as well as close contact with the animals.

Zoonotic diseases can have deeply damaging impacts on people’s health, particularly of poor people in poor countries. They can lead to illness and death – and also impact severely on people’s livelihoods. However, this severe limiter to health and wellbeing is often unrecognised and under-explored.

SUMMER 2017: Read a message from Dr Ye Tun Win,
Director General of Myanmar’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.
 (pdf)

The Myanmar Pig Partnership is funded under the Zoonoses in Emerging Livestock Systems  (ZELS) initiative, which has as a key aim reducing the impact of zoonoses on poor people and their livestock.

The Partnership – fully entitled ‘An integrated management-based approach for surveillance and control of zoonoses in emerging livestock systems: Myanmar Pig Partnership’ – is led by the University of Cambridge. It will run for five years from 2016.

Download a report from our 2017 annual meeting (pdf)

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