One Health Program in the Congo Basin
The goal of the project is to set up a One Health approach in three WWF project areas in the Congo Basin (Dzanga Sanga, Campo Ma’an and Malebo) with the long-term aim to improve the health of humans and animals. The project uses wild great apes, and other wildlife species (e.g. animals hunted as bushmeat, rodents, bats, etc.), as sentinels for novel pathogens which have the potential to spread to humans. At the same it investigates how pathogens of humans and their domestic animals can be a threat for wildlife conservation, especially for great apes, and how spill-over can be prevented.