Southern Africa Bat Research Network

The Southern Africa Bat Research Network (SABRENet) was launched in August 2020 with support from the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) of the United States Department of Defense – Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Using a transdisciplinary approach, SABRENet leads and facilitates zoonotic research and community engagement to detect potential zoonotic viruses in bat populations and other wildlife species and assess evidence of spillover humans and livestock within the southern Africa region following a One Health approach.  This is achieved through:
 
  • Training and capacity building using a transdisciplinary One Health approach,
  • Regional enhancement of in diagnostic capacity and generation of comparable data,
  • Serological and molecular surveillance and screening at bat-human-animal interphases,
  • Assessment of human behavioral risk for exposure to zoonotic agents,
  • Development of sustainable regional strategies in biosurveillance, mitigation and development of threat reduction policies, and
  • Multi-faceted community engagement to promote solutions that matter to communities.
 

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