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The latest and last from our zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing project

Welcome to our final newsletter. Our Consortium exploring the links between disease, ecosystems and wellbeing has now ended. Here we share with you highlights from our end-of-project symposium, as well as a multimedia album that tells the many small stories of our research and its impacts in the communities among which it took place. Please share both widely!

This is not an end, of course, of the One Health research, engagement and communications being undertaken by the individuals involved in the Consortium. That will continue within new projects, programmes and consortia, strengthened and enriched by the work undertaken and partnerships forged over the past four years of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa. Please see further down in this newsletter for ways in which you can continue to remain in touch with this work.

One Health for the Real World

Our 'One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing' symposium held at the Zoological Society of London was a big success, with a tangible buzz as perspectives were exchanged, new links forged and ideas shaped. We've gathered all the presentations, videos, blogs and more in one place.
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Dr Bernard Bett (International Livestock Research Institute), presenting on Rift Valley fever in Kenya as part of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium case-studies panel; Professor Melissa Leach (Consortium lead researcher and Director, Institute of Development Studies) asking a question; Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Conservation through Public Health) and Professor Ian Scoones (ESRC STEPS Centre) on the final policy-and-practice panel; and Dr Steve Osofsky (Wildlife Conservation Society) and Professor David Heymann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) also on the final panal.
  • Find other images from the symposium on our Flickr site.
Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Welcome Trust, opened the symposium with a call for, among other things "robust, integrated and holistic research agendas".

Discover our One Health stories

The ultimate objective of our partners was to make a difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world, on many of whom zoonotic diseases place an added burden. Research impact though is often a slow process. It may not be evident for years to come. It may also not be the result of a simple path with those contributing towards the impact easily identifiable. Despite this, we're pleased that some of our research is already set to make a difference to people in the communities among which we worked. Take a look at our multimedia album detailing some of the stories of these differences.
One Health: Science, politics and zoonotic disease in Africa, edited by Kevin Bardosh, draws together case studies, including those from the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, to offer a political economy analysis of zoonosis research and policy. It includes chapters exploring global narratives about One Health in practice, the evolution of research networks over time, and the histories and politics behind conflicting disease control approaches.

Keep up with our partners' cutting-edge zoonoses research

  • The STEPS Centre is exploring zoonoses in Tanzania in the context of major change with the ZELS-funded Livestock, Livelihoods and Health programme.
  • STEPS is also involved in the Myanmar Pig Partnership, another ZELS-funded project, this time looking at the links between zoonotic disease and changing pig production and consumption patterns in Myanmar.
  • The University of Cambridge is part of a ZELS-funded project, Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS), which is tackling the high burden of bovine TB in the Ethiopian dairy farm sector.
  • The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is taking its Consortium work further in the second phase of the CGIAR research programme on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, with two flagship areas: one on improving human health and the other on food safety.

Upcoming One Health events

6 July 2016 â€“ World Zoonoses Day
4-8 September 2016, Berlin – Tropical animal diseases and veterinary public health: joining forces to meet future global challenges
3 November 2016 – One Health Day
10-11 November 2016, Kitakyushu City â€“ 2nd Global Conference on One Health
3-7 December 2016, Melbourne – One Health EcoHealth 2016
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