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ADVANZ: Establishing a Pan-African platform for neglected zoonotic disease control through a One Health approach

Christopher F.L. Saarnak, Maria V. Johansen, Samson Mukaratirwa
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 81, No 2 | a740 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v81i2.740 | © 2014 Christopher F.L. Saarnak, Maria V. Johansen, Samson Mukaratirwa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 06 December 2013 | Published: 23 April 2014

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Christopher F.L. Saarnak, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Maria V. Johansen, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Samson Mukaratirwa, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Abstract

Advocacy for neglected zoonotic diseases (ADVANZ) is a One Health Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZDs) project, funded by the European Commission through its 7th framework programme. The initiative aims at persuading decision makers and empowering stakeholders at local, regional, and international levels towards a coordinated fight against NZDs. ADVANZ is establishing an African platform to share experiences in the prevention and control of NZDs. The platform will compile and package existing knowledge or data on NZDs and generate evidence-based algorithms for improving surveillance and control with the ultimate aim of eliminating and eradicating these diseases. The platform will serve as a forum for African and international stakeholders, as well as existing One Health and NZD networks and harness and consolidate their efforts in the control and prevention of NZDs. The platform had its first meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa in March 2013.

Keywords

One Health, Neglected Zoonoses, Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, NZD, Africa, ADVANZ

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