Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Centre for Applied One Health Research and Policy Advice (OHRP)

Behavioural Adaptations in Live Poultry Trading and Farming Systems and Zoonoses Control in Bangladesh (BALZAC) project

The first research activity of the Centre for Applied One Health Research and Policy Advice (OHRP) is the ongoing Behavioural Adaptations in Live Poultry Trading and Farming Systems and Zoonoses Control in Bangladesh (BALZAC) project. Professor Dirk Pfeiffer is the Principal Investigator of this project, which is a collaborative effort between the Centre and nine other partner organisations from UK, Australia and Bangladesh.

It investigates the influence of the structure of poultry trade networks and the behaviours of traders and consumers on the risk of avian influenza virus spread in Bangladesh. It uses an interdisciplinary approach, in that it links epidemiological and microbiological methods with ethnographic methods and experimental economics. It is also integrated into Bangladesh’s animal and human health policy landscape through project involvement of national disease control authorities and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security is involved in the project to facilitate the translation of research into policy. The BALZAC project is funded under the United Kingdom Government’s Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme, a joint research initiative among the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Department for International Development (DFID), Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

For further information, please visit http://www.rvc.ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-facilities/veterinary-epidemiology-economics-and-public-health/projects/controlling-and-monitoring-emerging-zoonoses-in-the-poultry-farming-and-trading-system-in-bangladesh-an-interplay-between-pathogens-people-policy.