Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium

This is a consortium of researchers from 20 institutions in Africa, Europe and America, undertaking a major ESPA-funded programme to advance understanding of the connections between disease and environment in Africa. Our focus is animal-to-human disease transmission and our objective is to help move people out of poverty and promote social justice.

Over the past few decades, more than 60 per cent of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans have had their origin in wildlife or livestock. As well as presenting a threat of global disease outbreak, these zoonotic diseases are quietly devastating lives and livelihoods.

At present, zoonoses are poorly understood and under-measured – and therefore under-prioritised in national and international health systems. There is a massive need for evidence and knowledge to inform effective, integrated One Health approaches to disease control. Our Consortium will provide this evidence and knowledge.

For more information about the consortium’s work, its approach and the people involved please visit its website.

Project details

start date
1 February 2012
end date
31 July 2015


About this project

Research themes
Health Sustainability


Recent work


IDS to take up role in new Global Challenges Research Fund hubs

IDS researchers and knowledge professionals will be working with partners in four of the 12 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Research Hubs announced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and UKRI.  Over the next five years they will contribute to efforts to...

22 January 2019


Rethinking One Health

Ahead of World Zoonoses Day, Syed Abas reflects on the limited uptake of One Health where it matters most, and what we can do to make the term relevant.

4 July 2018


Celebrating One Health Day 2017

The second international One Health Day is marked on Friday 3 November – drawing attention to the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health. See our resources on this theme.

2 November 2017


One Health stories: telling tales from four years of research

A multimedia album detailing how an ambitious One Health project is making a difference to people’s lives has been launched. It come at the end of four years of multidisciplinary research into animal-to-human disease transmission undertaken by IDS and 20 partner institutions.

28 April 2016