Massey University conducted a 4-year program, involving 7 Asian countries to prevent pandemics in Asia
New Zealand's Massey University has successfully completed a four year campaign involving healthcare professionals across major South Asian countries, to prevent the occurrence of pandemics in the region.
The $10 million One Health program, was conducted in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan.
Funded by the World Bank, the University has educated and connected veterinary and human health professionals in these countries, to increase the aware of zoonoses and to prevent its spread and transmission.
The study involved testing of around 8000 humans and animals by 2000 health professionals from 50 government and non-government organizations.
The priority-diseases investigated were rabies (in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka), brucellosis (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka), leptospirosis (Nepal, Sri Lanka), Qfever (Afghanistan), anthrax (Bangladesh) and Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (Pakistan).