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First endowment fund dedicated to wildlife research launches by Ceva

Ceva Animal Health has launched the Ceva Wildlife Fund to finance applied research to preserve the health of wild animals and to help control the risk of zoonoses

Ceva Animal Health has launched the Ceva Wildlife Research Fund.

Launched on the eve of World Wildlife Day (Friday 3 March), Ceva has created this endowment fund to finance applied research to preserve the health of wild animals and to help control the risk of zoonoses.

The Ceva Wildlife Research Fund is the only endowment fund of its kind and will finance applied research projects, the results of which will be rapidly visible (three to five years maximum). 

The risks arising from interactions between humans and wild animals are increasing: 75 percent of new infectious diseases affecting humans today are of animal origin and they originate mainly in wild animals.

It is therefore urgent to act to better understand how these zoonotic diseases affect animals and better treat them to avoid their spread to humans.

Because the control of diseases that occur in wildlife and the tracing of the origin of outbreaks are particularly complex, this fund will, among other things, support research to address these concerns.

Marc Prikazsky, president of Ceva Wildlife Research Fund, said: “Addressing biodiversity in a holistic way is nothing new for Ceva. However, with the creation of this endowment fund, we wanted to create a separate structure to enshrine this activity.

“Ceva Wildlife Research Fund comes at a crucial time for research in the field. As we face an urgent need to act, we want to provide funds for innovative solutions to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, but also to contribute to the preservation of endangered species and to secure safer interactions between wild and farmed animals.

“We call for the collaboration of all stakeholders and potential individuals interested in this project which is part of a ‘One Health’ approach.

“This initiative is a way to contribute more broadly to improving interactions between human, animal and environmental health, while protecting the future of our diverse planet.”

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