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.
The Importance of Acting Now
In an environment where there is strong demand for evidence-based decision-making, it is no longer acceptable that investment decisions in the livestock sector have to be made on “guestimates” and untrustworthy data. Given that there are 1.3 billion vulnerable people in low- and middle-income economies who depend on livestock for both livelihoods and nutrition; these communities living on the margins deserve a system that services their needs and GBADs will be designed and implemented to do this.
In terms of biomass, the world is dominated by livestock (approximately 190kg of live animals per person). This global dominance of livestock species in land, water and air use means that the efficient use of these resources by livestock is important and becomingly increasing critical. The health status of livestock has a direct impact on resource use efficiency and effective targeting of mitigation interventions requires the information GBADs will generate.Our doors are always open, and we’re always happy to talk about our programs and services.
In addition, human health assessments, including nutrition, pandemic threats and food-borne disease depend heavily on accurate data on animal populations and their management systems. These are currently not available at sufficient level of detail or resolution – a gap that GBADs will also address.
Peregrine Rothman-Ostrow, William Gilbert and Jonathan Rushton of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases Programme and The University of Liverpool have collaborated to produce the now published article Tropical Livestock Units: Re-evaluating a Methodology. AbstractThe dynamic between humans, livestock, and wildlife is evolving owing to growth in populations, a finite global landmass, and shifting climatic… Read more
Dr. Deborah Stacey (Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science) and Dr. Theresa Bernardo (Professor in the Department of Population Medicine & IDEXX Chair) from the GBADs informatics theme, led a presentation in the One Health Seminar Series at the University of Guelph. They presented their work on the GBADs programme and how it… Read more
Animal Health & Economics: Foot-and-mouth disease, African Swine Fever, Antimicrobial Resistance & highly pathogenic avian influenza
Jonathan Rushton gave a presentation on “The Global Burden of Animal Diseases” at The Southern African Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine’s (SASVEPM) “Animal Health & Economics: Foot-and-mouth disease, African Swine Fever, Antimicrobial Resistance & highly pathogenic avian influenza” webinar. This webinar had 415 both national and international attendees. The Southern African Society for… Read more
New Publication – Farmers’ willingness to pay for foot and mouth disease vaccine in different cattle production systems in Amhara region of Ethiopia
Wudu T. Jemberu, Wassie Molla, Tigabu Dagnew (University of Gonda), Jonathan Rushton (Global Burden of Animal Diseases; University of Liverpool) and Henk Hogeveen (Wageningen University) have collaborated to produce the now published Farmers’ willingness to pay for foot and mouth disease vaccine in different cattle production systems in Amhara region of Ethiopia. Abstract Although foot… Read more
New Publication – Integrating the Technical, Risk Management and Economic Implications of Animal Disease Control to Advise Policy Change: The Example of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Control in Uruguay
Brian Perry (University of Oxford), Karl M. Rich (ILRI), Hernán Rojas (CERES BCA), Jaime Romero (IICA & GBADs) David Adamson (The University of Adelaide & GBADs), Federico Fernandez (The Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries of Uruguay), Alvaro Pereira, Lautaro Pérez, Fernando Reich, Rafael Sarno, (INAC) Edgardo Vitale (The Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries… Read more
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