Communities play a pivotal role in addressing health and climate change challenges effectively. The essence of engaged communities lies at the core of initiatives aimed at mitigating health risks, preventing pandemics, and adapting to climate change within the One Health framework.
We are pleased to announce that the PREZODE General Assembly endorsed the admission of 31 members who applied to PREZODE in 2023. We welcome them to the PREZODE community
This endorsement not only expands our community but also enhances the diversity of expertise and perspectives within PREZODE.
We look forward to developing new collaborative efforts to address the One Health challenge and prevention of zoonotic disease emergence!
To implement PREZODE scientific work, we are seeking highly qualified experts to join our Pillar Working Groups (PWGs), dedicated to developing a research framework based on themes and high-level actions identified during the co-design process of the PREZODE strategic agenda. The groups will identify concrete actions that might be relevant to support high-level actions, update operational needs, and address research gaps to assist the Steering Committee in re-evaluating the strategic agenda every two years.
The 2nd General Assembly of PREZODE (PREventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence) took place on 16th November 2023. Under the main topic “Strengthening Member Synergies”, the meeting emphasized the values of cooperation and collaboration which are at the core of PREZODE. 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 projects progress and to inform about the implementation of its governance bodies. During the GA meeting, two calls for experts were announced, the names of the elected GA President and Vice-President were revealed and a brainstorming session led to productive exchanges between participants, bringing constructive proposals. Please find hereafter a summary of the PREZODE 2023’s GA meeting which includes links to all meeting videos and presentations.
At COP 28, PREZODE invited Countries and Organizations to sign a Declaration calling for collectively building one health-resilient systems to tackle the negative impacts of climate change on human health and health systems, animal health, and ecosystems.
PREZODE, in collaboration with Unitaid and the Global Fund, co-hosted a roundtable during the 28th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change. The objective was to underscore the vital role of community engagement in mitigating health and climate change risks. Following the event, a declaration advocating for an immediate and thorough implementation of the One Health approach, encompassing environmental concerns, was endorsed.
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.
In the last trimester of 2024, representatives and members of PREZODE were invited to several regional events.
Returning to the Paris Peace Forum after being selected for the Scale-Up Program in 2022, PREZODE took part in the 2023 edition held on November 10-11. The overarching theme, "Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry," engaged global governance leaders to address the paramount challenges of our era.
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.
Scientific Officer – support to the coordination of the international initiative PREZODE (Preventing Zoonotic Disease Emergence)
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.
September 28, 2023
More than 59,000 people die from rabies every year, 99% of which are a result of exposure to an infected domestic dog.
The High-Level Meeting on the UN General Assembly Political Declaration on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, was a great momentum for PREZODE, in which the necessity for a multidisciplinary approach to effectively prevent, prepare, and respond to future pandemics was highlighted.
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.
Professor Musso Munyeme, Ph.D., MSc-VPH, B. Vet-Med, is a veterinarian, researcher, and Senior lecturer in Veterinary Public Health and Wildlife Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia. He is the appointed Chait of the PREZODE SC. Interview.
Si l’on veut éviter une nouvelle pandémie, similaire à celle de la COVID-19, il est indispensable que les modalités de financement de la recherche et du développement s’inscrivent dans une approche holistique et intersectorielle, intégrée aux Objectifs de Développement Durable, et étroitement liée à la lutte contre le changement climatique. Une meilleure coordination entre les bailleurs internationaux, une flexibilité accrue dans les modalités de financement et une prise de conscience des avantages de la prévention des risques de maladies versus leur traitement en réaction sont indispensables.
How are human, animal, and environmental health interlinked? How can we think about health on a global level? How can we prevent emerging diseases and epidemic outbreaks?
Held on May 26, 2023, the PREZODE members' meeting, was a great success, providing an overview of the initiative's achievements two years after its launch. Read the report that includes links to the meeting presentations and videos.
The 17 elected experts will serve on the Steering Committee, representing the scientific, regions and the civil society colleges.
Dr. Zeev Noga is the new Secretary General of the initiative. He is responsible for structuring the secretariat and defining its roadmap to implement the operational development of the initiative.