In Uganda, agricultural land expansion has resulted in increased interactions between humans, wildlife, and livestock. The country’s ecotourism industry brings people—locals and tourists—into contact with non-human primate species, while cave tourism brings people into contact with several species of bats. Mining and refugee migration further contribute to zoonotic disease spillover risks.
As Uganda faces dynamic health threats due to population growth, economic development, climate change, and human migration, the multi-sectoral nature of public health challenges arising from interactions among humans, animals, and the environment require a holistic One Health approach.
STOP Spillover will build on past—and leverage current—USAID investments and Government of Uganda (GOU) initiatives focused on the emergence, identification, and spillover of zoonotic pathogens. The project will support focused human-animal-environment interface sampling and testing to fill knowledge gaps related to zoonotic spillover risks, guide the development of risk mitigation interventions, and evaluate the impact of interventions.
In Uganda, STOP Spillover will be led by a project Country Team with support from the Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) based in Uganda, in collaboration with GOU partners, One Health platform members, and stakeholders engaged in One Health Design, Research and Mentoring (OH-DReaM) working groups.