One Health Chat: Improving Livestock Data in Low and Middle-Income Countries

A conversation on the fringes of the World One Health Congress 2020

By Vanessa Meadu

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underlined why we need good data for decision making. In the context of One Health, this includes better data about zoonotic diseases, and better data about how the crisis is impacting the livestock sector.

Better data on animal health and productivity is also crucial to support One Health initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. But when decisions are based as much on data as on politics, how can the science community engage better with decision-makers?

Watch five leaders from the livestock community in conversation about these topics. This discussion was held on the fringes of the 2020 World One Health Congress.


Prof. Andy Peters, Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) on behalf of the Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of practice.


  • Lois Muraguri, Director, Operational Support and External Affairs, GALVmed
  • Dr. 'Sam T' Thevasagayam, Deputy Director, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Prof. Mizeck Chagunda, Head of the Department of Animal Breeding and Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim
  • Prof. Appolinaire Djikeng, Director, Centre For Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health (CTLGH)

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Vanessa Meadu is Communications and Knowledge Exchange Specialist with SEBI (Supporting Evidence Based Interventions).