What multidisciplinary means: Nature doesn’t care about our building blocks

Rats in a maze, by ithinkx on Flickr (cc-by-nc-nd) The deeper you dig into most matters, the more complex things become. International development research is no different – and, given that it is people’s wellbeing that is the chief concern here, the imperative to pay due regard to such complexity is great indeed. Dr Gianni…

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…

About Us

The Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa was a research programme designed to deliver much-needed, cutting-edge science on the relationships between ecosystems, zoonoses, health and wellbeing, with the objective of helping people move out of poverty and promoting social justice. It was funded from 2012 to 2016 by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation  (ESPA) programme. Research focused on four…

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….

PhD STUDENTSHIP ON ZOONOTIC DISEASE: APPLY NOW

The STEPS Centre is inviting expressions of interest in a doctoral studentship on the social dimensions of zoonotic disease in Africa. This 3+1 studentship starts in October 2012. The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on March 30, so get your applications in now! STEPS Zoonotic disease studentship: full details (pdf)

Media Centre

World-class scientists from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium are available for interview and to comment on the science of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, the poverty impacts of these diseases and the implications for policy making. Blogs and media coverage Below is a selection of our blogs and media coverage: For blogs and…