USAID and FAO working together to pre-empt the next global pandemic

Mar 2018

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 5 300 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. A new study just published by USAID’s Dennis Carroll and experts from several institutions, including FAO, suggests that just 0.01 percent of the viruses behind zoonotic disease outbreaks are known to science.

Experts from FAO and USAID are meeting in Rome this week to review progress achieved in the past year and how to respond to threats like species-jumping zoonotic illnesses and the growing trends of antimicrobial resistance and options for intervention measures in food production and protection of public health.