Why don’t we know how to control the spread of Lassa fever?

Researchers in Sierra Leone are looking at how to prevent Lassa fever – a particularly nasty haemorrhagic virus which can wipe out entire households – by controlling the multimammate rat, which carries the disease. In the past, research on Lassa fever has tended to focus on detection, vaccine development and treatment. This may reflecting the…

Pandemic Influenza: Research themes

  Outbreak policy narratives Public and policy reactions to H5N1 and H1N1 have been guided by the prospect of the devastating impacts of an outbreak. ‘Outbreak narratives’ have guided policymaking, with the building of drug stockpiles, the development of contingency plans and so on. Draconian measures for containment have often been devised, including restrictions on…

Pandemic Influenza: Resources

Books Scoones, I. (ed.) (2010)  Avian Influenza: Science, Policy and Politics, London: Earthscan Routledge. Elbe, S. (2010) Security and Global Health, Polity Press Dry, S. and Leach, M. (eds.) (2010) Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice, London: Earthscan: Routledge. (Includes Scoones, I.,  Fighting the flu: Risk, uncertainty and surveillance) Projects: Pharmaceuticals and Security: The Role…

Press notice: Animal-to-human disease transmission: The science and poverty implications

As a new strain of SARS-like virus1 is reported to have been identified by UK officials and a major new popular science book Spillover – Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by acclaimed US journalist David Quammen is published in the UK and US, zoonoses – diseases that pass from animals to humans –…

Approach

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa programme brought together natural and social scientists, including environmental, biological, social, political, and human and animal health researchers. It was an integrated multidisciplinary – or One Health – approach to understanding animal-to-human (zoonotic) disease transmission. A main objective was to generate evidence and advance understandings of the complex relationships between…

People

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa team comprised: Neil Anderson Neil is a vet with a PhD in wildlife epidemiology. His research interests centre around the transmission of diseases at the wildlife/livestock/human interface and he has specialist expertise in the ecology of trypanosomiasis in wildlife populations. He is programme coordinator/lecturer at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh….

Consortium

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium was funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council. The Consortium comprised more than 30 researchers working in government-university/research institute country teams:…

Diseases

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa programme saw natural and social scientists working on four zoonotic diseases, each affected in different ways by ecosystem changes and having different impacts on people’s health, wellbeing and livelihoods. Lassa Fever Lassa fever is an often-fatal viral haemorrhagic illness endemic in West Africa, where up to 300,000 infections and…

Publications

September 2017 People, patches, and parasites: the case of trypanosomiasis in Zimbabwe, was published in the journal Human Ecology. Co-authors include DDDAC partners Ian Scoones, Vupenyu Dzingirai, Neil Anderson, William Shereni and Susan Welburn.   june 2017 A Special Theme Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, ‘One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being’, showcases  work produced by the Drivers of Disease Consortium….

Multimedia

              Listen to Victor Galaz, co-lead of the Drivers of Disease political economy of knowledge and policy theme, and Assistant Professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, talking about disease scenarios and the launch of www.diseasescenarios.org   A short video, A Wider Wellbeing, explains what the Drivers of Disease consortium is researching, how…