U.S. launches $10 million project to battle Marburg, Ebola

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently launched a $10 million project in Uganda meant to equip doctors and veterinarians with the means to conduct joint research on the treatment of zoonotic diseases.

The Emerging Pandemic Threat Program project will help scientists learn more about diseases that are passed from animals to humans, such as Ebola and Marburg, which are considered biological weapons. Samuel Majalija, an officer at One Health Central and Eastern Africa, said that research demonstrated that 70 percent of human diseases come from animals, the Daily Monitor reports.

"This approach we are employing recognizes that human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, and that collaboration across the sectors is needed to achieve more rapid, and effective responses," Majalija said, according to the Daily Monitor.

Majalija spoke at a training workshop for veterinarians and doctors in Kampala, Uganda, on Tuesday. The workshop included participants from 20 districts that are prone to zoonotic diseases.

"More training workshops will be conducted at regional and district levels," Majalija said, according to the Daily Monitor.

One Health Central and Eastern Africa is a network of 14 public health and veterinary higher education institutions located in Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Majalija is a lecturer of molecular epidemiology and microbiology at Makerere University in Kampala, the Daily Monitor reports.