Côte d’Ivoire is an emerging infectious disease (EID) hotspot where population density, agricultural production, biodiversity loss, deforestation, and climate change have created multi-faceted human-animal interfaces. Interactions among human, livestock, and wildlife populations in Côte d’Ivoire, combined with vulnerable vegetation and agro-ecological habitats, contribute to an elevated risk of zoonotic threats, EIDs, and pandemics.
The government of Côte d’Ivoire has created a National One Health Platform to spearhead collaborative efforts among the human, animal, agricultural, and environmental sectors to prevent, detect, and respond to zoonotic diseases and pandemic threats. STOP Spillover will build on past USAID investments and national initiatives focused on the emergence, identification, and spillover of zoonotic pathogens by considering biological, socio-cultural, economic, and behavioral risks and related drivers and how best to design and validate interventions to mitigate spillover risk.
In Côte d’Ivoire, STOP Spillover is led by a project Country Team, administratively based with implementing partner Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN), working with Government of Côte d’Ivoire partners and stakeholders in One Health Design, Research and Mentoring (OH-DReaM) working groups.