Three-quarters of new human diseases emerge from animals; for most of those with pandemic potential, domestic animals are involved. At the same time neglected zoonoses continue to impose a huge health burden on poor people and reduce the value of their livestock assets.
Millions of people in Africa and Asia will be better protected from pandemics such as Rift Valley fever. We will support large-scale efforts to control neglected zoonoses such as cysticercosis and brucellosis.
We have a suite of tools and approaches, including: risk mapping and risk targeting; modelling zoonotic pandemics; short-term disease-risk forecasting; developing and testing technologies and systems for surveillance; decision-support tools for graduated responses; and advice on vaccination strategies. We also generate evidence on the cost and impact of zoonoses and the benefits of their prevention.