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Managing the Risks of Zoonoses

Zoonoses pose an increasing problem globally due to increasing world human population, intensifying livestock production and ongoing encroachment of people into formerly sheltered natural ecosystems and greater contact with wildlife.

Technical solutions alone are not enough to respond to this increasing challenge. Understanding the social, cultural, economic and governance issues around zoonoses in different regions, and the policies, institutions and stakeholders needed to combat such threats effectively, is also an imperative.

Impacts of zoonoses, whether emerging potential pandemics or neglected chronic endemic diseases, are profound, especially for smallholder farmers in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-East Asia. For this reason the UK DFID is funding a program "Zoonoses in Emergent Livestock Systems (ZELS)".

This website provides examples of policies, institutions and stakeholders involved in the management of zoonoses, collated in a meta-database, together with discussion of cross-cutting themes and case studies to illustrate potential approaches. It can be used as a guide to researchable issues in this complex area and should inform funding applications to DFID under the ZELS program.

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Cross-cutting Themes

Project Inception Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet)

Typical mixed crop-livestock farming of western Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/Pye-Smith)

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