Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) Initiative will enhance the capacity of institutions in countries across Africa and Asia to understand factors that contribute to the risk of disease spread from animals to humans. The project will anticipate and mitigate threats posed by emerging zoonotic diseases. The USAID-funded cooperative agreement will engage global experts on emerging infectious diseases and health information systems to identify and stop potential spillover of zoonotic diseases to humans.
The USAID STOP Spillover program is an opportunity to enhance global understanding of the complex causes of the spread of viruses from animals to humans and to augment sustainable national capacities in surveillance, risk analysis, and behavior change. The program's vision is for priority countries across Africa and Asia to gain critical knowledge about their spillover ecosystems and to refine and use that knowledge to reduce the risk of zoonotic viral spillover and spread.
Tufts University leads the five-year, $100 million project in collaboration with JSI and Tetra Tech and a wide consortium of wildlife and human disease experts. JSI brings expertise in health information systems, strengthening digital health, social behavior change, operational support, and monitoring and evaluation.