PREZODE (Preventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence) is an innovative international initiative with the ambition to understand the risks of emergence of zoonotic infectious diseases, to develop and implement innovative methods to improve prevention, early detection, and resilience in order to ensure rapid response to the risks of emerging infectious diseases of animal origin.


30 November 2023

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Scientific Officer – support to the coordination of the international initiative PREZODE (Preventing Zoonotic Disease Emergence)

21 November 2023

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Press Release Brussel, Paris, Dakar, Bangkok – 16 November 2023 PREZODE held its second General Assembly this Thursday 16 November 2023. The event was an opportunity to present the achievements of the international initiative since its launch in January 2021, the partnerships with International Organisations, and to inform about the implementation of the governance bodies and chairs. Dr Papa Serigne Seck, from Senegal, is the new President of the General Assembly, and Dr Soawapak Hinjoy, from Thailand, the Vice-President. Under the main topic “Strengthening Member Synergies”, the meeting emphasized the values of cooperation and collaboration which are at the core of PREZODE. PREZODE will launch a call for experts to join the 5 Pillars Working Groups.
Science is crucial to improving pandemic preparedness and prevention. It not only deepens our understanding of pathogen transmission and containment but also provides us with the flexibility required to adapt to changing circumstances. Relying on scientific evidence enables us to contain risks at the local level, minimize the delay between early warning and action, ensure the effectiveness and reliability of control measures, and expedite the development and deployment of safe treatments, thereby safeguarding public health. Read the call to action we publish today, jointly written by the PREZODE consortium, Marisa Peyre with Justin Vaïsse (Forum de Paris sur la Paix), Peter Sands (The Global Fund), and signed by high-level international scientists, decision-makers, civil society organizations, private actors, and international donors.
Peruvian pelican and guanay cormoran in Chile.
By Sarah Olson As we observe World Migratory Bird Day in 2023, the chosen theme—water—ripples with profound significance. Water, in its various forms, serves as both a barrier and a facilitator in birds’ extraordinary travels. Oceans, rivers, lakes, and wetlands are indispensable waypoints for these resilient travelers. But in helping to shape birds’ migratory routes, water also helps to create aerial superhighways for opportunistic, hitchhiking pathogens to travel the globe.
PREZODE Secretariat, septemner 2023
On September 7, PREZODE held its first in-person Secretariat Workshop meeting. Brainstorming sessions, team-building activities, and open discussions punctuated the meeting, with a co-construction approach.

An international initiative to prevent zoonosis emergence