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Engaging research with policy and action: what are the challenges of responding to zoonotic disease in Africa?

Bardosh, KL; Cornwall Scoones, J; Grace, D; Kalema-Zikusoka, G; Jones, KE; de Balogh, K; Waltner-Toews, D; ... Dzingirai, V; + view all (2017) Engaging research with policy and action: what are the challenges of responding to zoonotic disease in Africa? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , 372 (1725) , Article 20160172. 10.1098/rstb.2016.0172. Green open access

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Abstract

Zoonotic diseases will maintain a high level of public policy attention in the coming decades. From the specter of a global pandemic to anxieties over agricultural change, urbanization, social inequality and threats to natural ecosystems, effectively preparing and responding to endemic and emerging diseases will require technological, institutional and social innovation. Much current discussion emphasizes the need for a “One Health” approach: bridging disciplines and sectors to tackle these complex dynamics. However, as attention has increased, so too has an appreciation of the practical challenges in linking multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral research with policy, action and impact. In this commentary paper, we reflect on these issues with particular reference to the African sub-continent. We structure the themes of our analysis on the existing literature, expert opinion and 11 interviews with leading One Health scholars and practitioners, conducted at an international symposium in 2016. We highlight a variety of challenges in research and knowledge production, in the difficult terrain of implementation and outreach, and in the politicized nature of decision-making and priority setting. We then turn our attention to a number of strategies that might help reconfigure current pathways and accepted norms of practice. These include: 1) challenging scientific expertise; 2) strengthening national multisectoral coordination; 3) building on what works; and 4) re-framing policy narratives. We argue that bridging the research-policy-action interface in Africa, and better connecting zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing in the 21st century, will ultimately require greater attention to the democratization of science and public policy.

Type: Article
Title: Engaging research with policy and action: what are the challenges of responding to zoonotic disease in Africa?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0172
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2016.0172
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: One Health; Zoonotic Disease; Policy; Practice
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538781
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