Global Burden of Animal Diseases

GBADS WILL MEASURE AND IMPROVE SOCIETAL OUTCOMES FROM LIVESTOCK AND HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS CONTRIBUTING TO A WORLD IN WHICH THERE IS ZERO HUNGER, GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, GENDER EQUALITY, DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Livestock are critical for ensuring human health and maintaining livelihoods

Livestock health and productivity are negatively impacted by the presence of endemic and emerging diseases, increasing the amount of resources needed to maintain these animals, which in turn increases competition for land, air and water. In response, hundreds of millions of dollars are invested globally on disease mitigation in order to improve livestock health and productivity, yet a systematic process to determine the burden of animal disease on the health and wellbeing of people is not available. It is unknown how the burden is apportioned between smallholders and the commercial sector, by region and gender. Consequently, decision makers lack the information to accurately assess whether their investments target the animal health issues that have the most significant impact on human wellbeing.

OUR NETWORK

GBADs’ leadership and collaborators have significant experience in the field of the economics of animal health, population modelling, animal disease classification and prioritisation of disease intervention.

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OUR APPROACH

Livestock are part of an economic system therefore the evaluation of the burden of animal disease must be placed in an economic context that captures livelihood and wider economy impacts as well as externalities related to the environment and human health.

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OUR PRODUCTS

GBADs’ products will identify the deficiencies of the animal health system and offer solutions to support the needs of smallholder farmers, commercial operations and society as a whole.

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Awareness & Impact

a community of
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collaborators
from
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organisations globally
supporting
1 bn
people working in agriculture
covering
> 0 %
of the global livestock biomass
> 0 %
of annual aquaculture production by mass
feeding a growing global population including
0 m
people who go to bed on an empty stomach each night

The Importance of Acting Now

The world has never had so many livestock, and this population continues to increase. These animals dominate land, water and air use in order to provide nutritious food, valuable fibres and traction power. The health of livestock has a direct effect on their efficiency so intervening in the health issues that have the greatest effect on this efficiency is critical. Making the best possible use of livestock in a welfare appropriate way is growing in importance, as any loss impacts on producers and consumer directly and others across society indirectly.

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