Social media toolkit: Zoonoses

Link to the landing page 

https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

Twitter

3 handles to target 

@ILRI 

@CGIAR 

@A4NH_CGIAR 

 

3 hashtags to include 

#OneHealth 

#COVID19 

#WhyLivestockMatter 

 

 

4 other possible websites to link to: 

1 https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/all-news/our-response-to-covid-19/ (CGIAR’s response to COVID-19) 

2 https://whylivestockmatter.org/ (ILRI microsite on Why Livestock Matter) 

3 https://www.ilri.org/research/facilities/one-health-centre (ILRI’s new One Health Centre) 

4 https://amr.cgiar.org/ (CGIAR Antimicrobial Resistance Hub) 

 

2 possible recent ILRI blog articles to link to 

 

1 Africa’s growing risk of diseases that spread from animals to people, 8 Apr 2020: 

https://www.ilri.org/news/africa%E2%80%99s-growing-risk-diseases-spread-...

Short url: https://bit.ly/2RFuFo6 

 

2 We need a new approach, or another coronavirus is inevitable 

Independent op-ed by ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith, 26 Feb 2020: 

https://www.ilri.org/news/we-need-new-approach-or-another-coronavirus-in...

Short url: https://bit.ly/2Vwwncw 

  

7 tweets 

01 #Zoonoses are diseases that pass from animals to humans. Of 12 major pandemics since the 1980s, 9 were zoonoses—like #SARS, #AIDS, #MERS and now #COVID19. 

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

02 #ZoonoticDisease is more common than you think. A new #zoonosis emerges about every four months and they affect poor countries the most.  

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

03 #COVID19 shows we must take a #OneHealth approach. Animal and human health and the ecosystems they share are inextricably linked. They must be addressed together. 

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

04 #COVID19 will affect the most valuable assets in poor households — livestock. And women are first to feel the effects when the family’s cows, goats, and chickens are sold.  

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

05 The cost of pandemics could equal that of #climate change. Yet managing #zoonotic diseases receives only a fraction of that funding.  

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

06 We can’t apply the same #COVID19 management policies between rich and poor countries across #Africa and #Asia. We need contextual assessment and a risk-based approach. 

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

07 @ILRI is one of 15 scientific research centres known as @CGIAR, working towards a food-secure future for developing countries. Only #ILRI focuses on #whylivestockmatter 

@ILRI zoonoses resources are collected and updated here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

Facebook and LinkedIn

 

12 longer messages

01 #ILRI is one of 15 #CGIAR scientific research centres working for a food-secure future in developing countries and the only CGIAR centre to focus exclusively on livestock. 

Find more researched-based zoonoses resources on the websites of 
#CGIAR https://www.cgiar.org/news-events/all-news/our-response-to-covid-19/ 

#ILRI https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

#IFPRI https://www.ifpri.org/spotlight/ifpri-resources-and-analyses-coronavirus...

  

02 #COVID19 underlines the importance of taking a ‘One Health’ approach to disease control because animal and human health and the ecosystems they share are inextricably linked and must be addressed together. We need a much more integrated approach to health. Not just health workers and infectious disease experts. We also need experts in veterinary medicine, biodiversity, trade, food production, food safety, urban planning and nutrition—all working together. One Health defines how ILRI approaches its animal and zoonotic disease work. 

 

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

03 Animal health systems in low- and middle-income countries generally lack the resources needed to contribute effectively to One Health interventions. We need better animal disease surveillance, monitoring and vaccination and better food safety programs. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

04 Animal health services that take ‘risk-based’ rather than strictly ‘rule-based’ approaches to disease control are a crucial investment in the developing world’s battle against animal and human disease plagues. We must understand not only the impacts of a given disease but also the potential economic and health impacts of any interventions implemented to control the disease. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

05 Asia has been a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases; Africa could be next. Here’s why: https://www.ilri.org/news/africa%E2%80%99s-growing-risk-diseases-spread-...

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

 

06 The most valuable assets in many poor households the world over are the family’s cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals. We need to protect some one billion livestock livelihoods in the face of #COVID19. Women in poor countries often manage the household’s livestock and are likely to be the first to be hurt by any downturn in the livestock sector caused by #COVID19. We must protect and further enhance the livestock assets held by women as well as men. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

07 #ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Delia Grace reports that the cost of disease pandemics could be similar to those of climate change. Yet funding for managing these diseases receives only a fraction of that for managing #ClimateChange. That must change. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

08 #COVID19 is causing severe health and economic harm worldwide, harms likely to hit the developing world hardest, putting extraordinary stress on food and nutritional security, agriculture, gender equity and food systems alike. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

09 Out of 1,400 microbes that could cause human infections, more than 60% are shared with wild or domestic animals. These zoonotic agents—including prions, viruses, bacteria and parasites—cause 75% of emerging infections in humans. Today’s pandemics have many underlying causes, including uncontrolled urbanization, human settlements sprawling into wild lands, and broken food and animal/human health systems. When we ‘build back’, we must ‘build back better’. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

10 We cannot indiscriminately apply the policies rich countries use to control #COVID19 in countries across Africa and Asia. We need to assess the costs and benefits—and the very different risks—of every control strategy in every region and circumstance. For example, calls to ban ‘wet markets’ outright could jeopardize the livelihoods and food security of millions of poor people and, perversely, lead to greater long-term health risks. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

  

  

11 Short term control needs for #COVID19 include social distancing, hygiene, rapid identification and patient isolation and tracing contacts to ‘flatten the curve’ while ramping up the ability to look after sick people. Among the longer term work needed to prevent and control zoonotic diseases in future are more epidemiological research; earlier pathogen detection in animals; de-risking farmed and wild-animal value chains and wet markets; new vaccines; biosecurity; better diagnostics; and more effective information and communications. 

  

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

 

  

12 We could and should use the current #COVID19 pandemic to fundamentally alter the way we understand and manage food systems and disease. In addition to responding to and recovering from the current pandemic, we need to better understand, and then to shift, the underlying drivers of zoonoses. 

 

Find #ILRI zoonoses resources—expertise, experts, research papers, messages, photos—here: https://www.ilri.org/zoonoses 

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