Pandemic literacy and viral zoonotic spillover risk at the frontline of disease emergence in Southeast Asia to improve pandemic preparedness

01 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2027
Water and Health

EU Horizon Europe
UK Research and Innovation

About the PANDASIA project

The PANDASIA project aims to find out how pandemics develop from local to global level and how they can be stopped in time.

Through data from local communities in Thailand, the project will create models that can predict the risk of the spread of new infectious diseases through infection from animals to humans.

In addition, it will improve the local population's competence on pandemics and health in general ("pandemic health literacy") in order to reduce infection from animals locally and pandemic risk globally.

  • Health emergencies usually stem from inconspicuous local contexts where emerging infectious pathogens may cross spillover boundaries from wild animal reservoirs to intermediate or focal hosts. Understanding these host-pathogen-environmental dynamics within complex social-ecological systems is crucial for global health security.

    The EU-funded PANDASIA project will address these issues and develop models to predict socio-ecological drivers of viral spillover and disease emergence. Using real-world data, it will pioneer a community co-developed pandemic preparedness and prevention literacy intervention.

    The goal is to improve community engagement and reduce the risk of future health threats by reducing the burden of zoonotic spillover on human health. Understanding the complexity of spillover mechanisms at local levels in biodiverse hotspots, such as Southeast Asia, is important to improve European and global pandemic preparedness.


    The PANDASIA project addresses the call by providing a framework that will increase our understanding of the biology of viruses with emerging infectious disease potential and their interaction with humans, animals and the environment and translating this understanding into proactive preventative actions. Such research is crucial for providing evidence-based knowledge and tools for better integrative public health measures for local and national actors.

    We will develop models to identify and predict drivers of disease emergence, which will be evaluated with real world data, refined and used to develop health and pandemic literacy intervention strategies that reduce risk of future viral emergence, thereby reducing the burden of zoonotic spillover to human health.

    Since pandemics arise at a local level it is important to engage with local communities and health, environment and agriculture authorities to improve their health and pandemic literacy to ensure adequate preparedness and vigilance for future spillover events and human, animal and environmental health threats. Understanding spillover dynamics and threats at local levels in emerging disease hotspot areas, such as Southeast Asia, is important for the European Union to improve preparedness and the ability to respond quickly to health emergencies and cross-border threats.

    The identified drivers are likely generalizable to other emerging infectious disease hotspots in the region and if successfully implemented in SE Asia could be adapted to other hotspot regions, such as in South America and Africa.

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  • This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101095444, and by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government’s Horizon Europe funding guarantee (grant No. 10055567).

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