One world, one health

Our world-class research is tackling some of the world’s most devastating diseases affecting both human and animal health.

Farmer tending goats

Our health and wellbeing is tightly interwoven with the health of animals and the environment around us. Through an integrated ‘one health’ approach we are bringing together experts in veterinary and human medicine, ecology and social sciences to devise solutions and reduce the spread of diseases such as rabies, zika and malaria.

Rabies, Zika, Sleeping sickness, Malaria, Brucellosis, Leishmaniasis, Leptospirosis

A world where no humans die from rabies is in our sights. At least 60,000 people are estimated to die needlessly each year from rabies contracted almost exclusively from the bites of rabid dogs. Our researchers are influencing the development and implementation of policy to control the disease. 

In Africa, we play a leading role in rabies surveillance, control and prevention. Evidence from our highly successful dog vaccination programme in Tanzania is helping to make the global aim to stop human deaths from rabies by 2030 a reality.

We won’t rest there. Our researchers are also using genetic and molecular techniques to study the biology of parasites, their lifecycle and how they interact with humans. This is helping to create new ways to tackle diseases such as malaria and African sleeping sickness. In Brazil, we are working with partners and investigating potential treatments for zika virus infections.

We are using our expertise to devise practical strategies, influence policy and work with communities to put in place what is needed to reduce the burden of disease around the world.