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A One-Health approach is needed to protect both people and the planet—ILRI and UNEP leaders

Op-ed by ILRI’s Jimmy Smith and UNEP’s Inger Andersen arguing that human health, animal health and environmental health are inextricably linked, originally published in the Mail & Guardian (South Africa). Continue reading

Joint UN-CGIAR assessment explains how animal-to-human pandemics like COVID-19 occur and how to prevent them in future
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Joint UN-CGIAR assessment explains how animal-to-human pandemics like COVID-19 occur and how to prevent them in future

A scientific assessment from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and ILRI finds that unless countries take dramatic steps to curb zoonotic contagions, global outbreaks like COVID-19 will become more common. The assessment, Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission, published on 6 July, describes how 60 per cent of the 1,400 microbes known to infect humans originated in animals. Continue reading

Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic, says ILRI/UN report
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Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic, says ILRI/UN report

The ‘Preventing the next pandemic: zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission,’ report is a joint effort by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and ILRI. Continue reading

Grass roots vaccination campaigns support rabies eradication in Kenya
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Grass roots vaccination campaigns support rabies eradication in Kenya

Significant challenges exist in sub-Saharan Africa where vaccination efforts and large-scale campaigns, which focus on rural areas, often have mixed results. In Kenya, the National Rabies Elimination Coordination Committee oversees efforts to eliminate dog-mediated rabies. It is coordinated by the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) and the ministries of health, and agriculture livestock and fisheries. Continue reading

ILRI’s ‘Azizi’ facility is storing samples of livestock and wildlife biodiversity for future research
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ILRI’s ‘Azizi’ facility is storing samples of livestock and wildlife biodiversity for future research

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) stores biological samples from a diversity of species, which provide an immense genetic library for research in zoonosis, genetics, reproductive technology and breed preservation. Continue reading

World’s largest public agricultural research network launches COVID-19 Hub to support global scientific response
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World’s largest public agricultural research network launches COVID-19 Hub to support global scientific response

The CGIAR COVID-19 Hub, coordinated by CGIAR, the world’s largest publicly funded agricultural research network, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), will bring together the latest science on agriculture and health to inform a research-based response to the pandemic. The Hub will compile relevant work from across the CGIAR system and partners around the world as well as share future breakthroughs and identify opportunities for new research. Continue reading

Woman veterinarian pioneers public-private partnership to improve veterinary service delivery in Ethiopia
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Woman veterinarian pioneers public-private partnership to improve veterinary service delivery in Ethiopia

To ensure better and rationalized veterinary service delivery that addresses local needs, the Health of Ethiopian Animals for Rural Development (HEARD) project has established public-private partnership task forces in Ethiopia’s Amhara, Oromia and Somali regions. Continue reading

Focus on environmental health: The role of rangelands in an integrated One Health approach
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Focus on environmental health: The role of rangelands in an integrated One Health approach

In recent years in the pastoral areas of developing countries, One Health is gaining increasing credibility and visibility as an approach that can combine interventions for both human and animals. However, relatively little attention has been given thus far to the environmental health component including of the resource base – rangelands. Continue reading

The German Federal Government supports Kenya’s efforts for COVID-19 testing
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The German Federal Government supports Kenya’s efforts for COVID-19 testing

A new partnership involving the Kenya Ministry of Health and ILRI with support from the German Federal Government was announced today.  ILRI will utilize its laboratory facilities and staff to support the expansion of Kenya’s testing capacity for COVID-19. The testing was launched today, 18 May 2020, when the health director and German ambassador visited ILRI’s Kenya facilities. Continue reading