On Tuesday November 23, the third phase of PREZODE workshops in East, Southeast and Pacific Asia will take place. These workshops will focus on PREZODE's activities and priority areas as well as potential barriers to change.
The PREZODE "PREventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence" initiative aims to support strategies to reduce the risk of emergence of infectious diseases transmissible between animals and humans. It’s an international One Health initiative and will develop interdisciplinary scientific research on human, animal, plant, and environmental health at local, national and global levels.
Structured by IRD, CIRAD and INRAE, PREZODE was launched in January 2021 at the One Planet Summit and brings together a thousand contributors from 130 countries. This community of countries, scientific and non-governmental organizations will collaborate through joint research programs and/or operational activities. PREZODE will co-develop surveillance and early warning systems with stakeholders, and support science-based policies to mitigate the risks of emerging animal-to-human communicable diseases.
The different phases of regional workshops
There are three phases of PREZODE regional workshops planned in seven areas of the world. The workshops follow a bottom-up participatory approach, i.e. the aspects discussed in the field will then be brought to the level of decision makers.
- Workshop 1: June 2021
Vision, Obstacles, and other initiatives
- Workshop 2: September 2021
Change needs and actors
- Workshop 3: November 2021
Barriers to Change, Activities and Priority Area
The objective of the first phase workshops was to imagine a vision of a future without pandemic risk. The barriers and sources preventing this vision were identified. From there, workshop participants were able to propose solutions to address these structural issues.
In September, this collective work continued to identify the need for change to implement these solutions and the actors involved.
The third phase of workshops will conclude these activities by identifying the needs of the actors capable of making the changes and highlighting the obstacles to the implementation of these changes.
The final goal of the workshops is to build strategies and levers to induce sustainable transformations. A roadmap to implement this scientific strategy will be created in the different regions. It will be a reference document that will ensure that the activities defined in the framework of PREZODE meet the needs of the regions and countries. It will also be able to mobilize international donors interested in the initiative and invite them to support these activities from 2022.