An international initiative to prevent the outbreak of zoonotic pandemics, while ensuring food security and means of subsistence for the poorest communities.

75% of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals. The risk of these diseases moving from animals to humans increases with the destruction of biodiversity.

As the Covid-19 crisis has shown, when a pandemic is triggered, it is already too late to act. By improving the prevention of disease emergence, it is possible to influence the spread of the disease and potentially limit its impact. The prevention of emerging infectious diseases in humans is not prioritized, despite the fact it costs infinitely less than the management of epidemics and their consequences.

To address this need, PREZODE is developing international research and development programmes to prevent and detect the emergence of zoonotic diseases, especially those linked to the destruction of natural habitats, trade in wildlife and food production systems. The initiative intentionally emphasizes prevention and co-development. This helps ensure that sustainable solutions form part of a “one health” strategy, given the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the close links between human, animal and environmental health, in a context of increased human-livestock-wildlife contacts and ecosystems degradation.
FAO recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability as a key determinant of a long term ‘One Health for All’. We need to do more ‘all for one health’.
FAO DIRECTOR-GENERAL, DR QU DONGYU OPS 11 january 2021

PREZODE aims to

  • Improve knowledge on the determinants of zoonotic diseases and the process of their emergence
  • Identify the way in which social-ecological systems help limit the emergence of zoonotic diseases
  • Reinforce the understanding of the risks by the stakeholders implementing actions to prevent them.
  • Consolidate stakeholders’ understanding of risk, by implementing prevention programmes
  • Ensure that stakeholders implement jointly developed and appropriate health and Develop a One Health real-time monitoring system based on user needs and operational at all levels
  • Reinforce dialogue across science, society and politics to set out pertinent health management strategies
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France launched the PREZODE initiative, in consultation with several European and multilateral partners.

The initiative now gathers 100 partners, i.e. International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Research Institutions, including 7 countries (France, Mexico, Belgium, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and Costa Rica) who have signed PREZODE’s Declaration of Intent.

The international organizations most directly concerned (FAO, OIE, WHO, UNEP), as well as the key stakeholders in this field (World Bank, EcoHealth Alliance, WCS, The One Health Lancet Commission, GALVmed and others) have welcomed this initiative.

In the first months of 2022, the two first research and operational programs will be launched. The governance of PREZODE, currently being developed, will also be set up.

https://prezode.org/

Contact: pierre.dussort@inrae.fr and initiative-prezode@inrae.fr