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.
David Adamson, William Gilbert, Peregrine Rothman-Ostrow, and Jonathan Rushton of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases project have collaborated to produce the now published The Pros and Cons of Animal Health Harmonisation. Abstract It has been argued that the global harmonisation of animal health procedures, regulations and responses will improve animal health and provide economic… Read more
New Publication – Exploring the Socioeconomic Importance of Antimicrobial Use in the Small-Scale Pig Sector in Vietnam.
Jonathan Rushton of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases project has collaborated with Lucy Coyne (University of Liverpool), Carolyn Benigno, Wantanee Kalprividh and Pawin Padungtod (Food and Agriculture Organization), Vo Ngan Giang (FHI), Luu Quynh Huong and Pham Thi Ngoc (National Institute of Veterinary Research) and Ian Patrick (Agricultural and Resource Economic Consulting Services) to… Read more
New Publication – Investigation of the Governance Structure of the Nairobi Dairy Value Chain and its Influence on Food Safety.
Jonathan Rushton of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases project has collaborated with Stella Kiambi (Food and Agriculture Organization), Joshua Orungo Onono, Erastus Keng’ethe, Gabriel O,Aboge (University of Nairobi), Patrick Muinde, James Akoko, Kelvin Momanyi, (International Livestock Research Institute), Eric M. Fevre (University of Liverpool and International Livestock Research Institute) and Pablo Alarcon (Royal Veterinary… Read more
New Publication – Identification of Production Chain Risk Factors for Slaughterhouse Condemnation of Broiler Chickens’
Jonathan Rushton and Benjamin Huntington of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases project have collaborated with Svetlana Buzdugan, Yu-Mei Chang, Javier Guitian, Damer Blake and Pablo Alarcon (Royal Veterinary Collage), to produce the now published article Identification of Production Chain Risk Factors for Slaughterhouse Condemnation of Broiler Chickens’. AbstractSlaughterhouse condemnation of broiler chickens results from… Read more
New Publication – Socio-economic impact of Food-and-Mouth outbreaks and control measures: An analysis of Mongolian outbreaks in 2017.
Mieghan Bruce, Jonathan Rushton, and Nicholas A. Lyons of the Global Burden of Animal Diseases programme have collaborated with Georgina Limon (Pirbright Institute) and Gerelmaa Ulziibat (State Central Veterinary Laboratory) to produce the now published article Socio-economic impact of Food-and-Mouth outbreaks and control measures: An analysis of Mongolian outbreaks in 2017. AbstractMongolia is a large… Read more
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