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Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses (ICONZ)

Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses (ICONZ)


Comprehensive International Research Program to Improve Human and Animal





ICONZ is a five-year effort aiming to improve human health and animal

production in developing countries through integrated control of neglected

zoonoses in animals, based on scientific innovation and public engagement. The

project is mapping global research on neglected zoonoses, improving

knowledge and information on neglected zoonoses, improving and developing

disease control tools, developing integrated intervention packages for clusters

of neglected zoonoses, researching socio-economic and institutional constraints

along with cultural aspects and appropriate messaging, building capacity

through technology transfer and training, and communicating and disseminating

their work.



The overall strategic objective of ICONZ is to improve human and animal

health, alleviate poverty, and contribute to the Millennium Development



Scope Regional – Africa


Primary Funders


The European Commission’s Community Research and Development

Information Service for Science, Research and Development (CORDIS)

Seventh Framework Programme for research and technology development



Participants & Key Collaborators


University of Edinburgh, UK (Project Coordinator), plus 20 European and

African research institutes, universities, and small and medium enterprises.


Definition of One Health


Follows the definition afforded by the external action arm of the European

Union: “The improvement of health and well-being through (i) the prevention

of risks and the mitigation of effects of crises that originate at the interface

between humans, animals and their various environments and (ii) promoting a

cross-sectoral, collaborative, ‘“whole of society’” approach to health hazards, as

a systemic change of perspective in the management of risks.”


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


Monitoring occurs from the perspective of the seven ICONZ case studies, in

conjunction with the 12 work package leaders, to ensure overall project

deliverables are met. The ICONZ management board consisting of work

package and case study leaders, in conjunction with the ICONZ secretariat

based in Edinburgh is overseen by an independent, International Advisory

Committee. Additionally, the case study project manager travels to all 7 ICPC

countries to meet with staff on a regular basis and assess progress.


Sources of Information



Contact Prof. Sue Welburn

Professor of Molecular Medical and Veterinary Epidemiology and ICONZ


University of Edinburgh or


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