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.
Click here see the full report associated with this project.