This report outlines the ZELS (Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems)
initiative as presented at its Inaugural Meeting, outlining its
organizational framework and participants’ expectations, and introducing
the individual research projects being funded. ZELS research scope will
be multi-level, interconnected and will address the aim of reducing the
impact of zoonosis on poor people and their livestock in developing
The vision of ZELS is to make a step change in the research evidence
available to decision makers, providing them with information on how to
minimise the health risks associated with the rapidly changing nature of
livestock systems in developing countries, focusing on those risks which
impact on the livelihoods and health of poor people.
The key aims of ZELS are:
- To reduce the impact of zoonoses on poor people and their livestock.
The initiative recognises that priorities for endemic, new and/or
(re-)emerging zoonotic diseases may vary from region to region. It
will address the problem of zoonoses by generating high-quality
research in technical and policy areas.
- To forge mutually beneficial inter- and multi-disciplinary
partnerships between researchers in the UK and developing countries
that create trans-national added value through meaningful intellectual
collaboration, and enhance the scientific capabilities of southern
partners for the longer term.
Anon. Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS): Inauguration Report. BBSRC, Swindon, UK (2014) 28 pp.
Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS): Inauguration Report