Saving lives – reducing the major threats to global health

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Our Initiatives

Currently, about 60 percent of infectious diseases are zoonotic in nature, meaning they can jump from animals to humans. Therefore, investigating the drivers and geographical distribution of zoonotic diseases is a vital approach to promoting human and animal health in developing countries. Examples of such diseases include Anthrax which remains a major threat to global health and security. Uganda has had several sporadic anthrax outbreaks, particularly in the Northern region which has been shown to be a high-risk area. The most recent outbreak killed over 1000 cows and caused several human cases. Because of this, we organized a public engagement project funded by the University of Cambridge to conduct an anthrax awareness creation workshop for livestock farmers as well as a farmer-led anthrax vaccination campaign to reduce the occurrence of outbreaks in Northern Uganda.

I think the anthrax vaccine-subsidy program is good. It has helped us to reduce the cost of vaccination. Please come back and help us vaccinate all the animals across the whole village.

~ Charles, livestock farmer, Kwili Village.

The videos below provide some background information about the public engagement project we implemented in Northern Uganda.

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