The Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) launch webinar – with Professor Dame Janet Beer (Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool) and Dr Monique Eloit (Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health); introduced by GBADs Programme Director, Professor Jonathan Rushton (Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool)
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 Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) programme will address this problem by measuring 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.
GBADs is led by the University of Liverpool, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and a consortium of international institutions including: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia; University of Guelph, Canada; The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, United States; The International Livestock Research Institute, Ethiopia; Murdoch University, Australia; Sciensano, Belgium; Washington State University, United States; and University of Zurich, Switzerland; and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).