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

PANDASIA is a collaborative EU project between universities and research organizations in Europe and Thailand with the aim of understanding pandemic literacy and viral zoonotic spillover risk at the frontline of diseases emergence in Southeast Asia.

Zoonoses are an increasing threat to global health and Southeast Asia is presumed to be a disease hotspot. This region presents unique settings to study spillover, as local communities are at high zoonotic risk due to high biodiversity, population movement, social practices, economic constraints and knowledge gaps. In the PANDASIA project, scientists from a variety of disciplines will be developing health and literacy intervention strategies that reduce risk of future viral emergence.

Improvement of pandemic preparedness

Since pandemics arise at a local level it is important to engage with local communities, environment and agriculture authorities in Thailand in order to improve their health and pandemic literacy. Therefore, PANDASIA will be closely embedded in local Thai communities.

The partners of the PANDASIA project will be 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.

Timeframe: January 2023 - December 2027

This project has received funding from the European Unionís Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101095444.




Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Norwegian Veterinary Institute
Heidelberg University Hospital
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
in the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (Leibniz-IZW)

Queen Mary University Of London
Chulalongkorn University
UmeŚ University
Khon Kaen University
Mahidol University
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