- A University of Pretoria professor, Wanda Markotter has been selected as one of the experts to join a One Health panel
- The experts will be dedicating their efforts to the prevention of future pandemics caused by animal to human disease transmission
- Professor Wanda Markotter, is a qualified virus and bat researcher
South African professor, Prof Wanda Markotter of the University of Pretoria has proudly been selected to join a panel of experts who have been appointed by One Health to dedicate themselves to the prevention of animal-to-human disease transmission that may lead to another pandemic in the future.
Markotter is one of 26 experts that will be offering science-based advice to the One Health High-Level Expert Panel (OHHLEP), an initiative set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Environment Programme to keep track of diseases that can be passed on from animals to humans.
“Environmental health has not always been properly represented in the global One Health initiative, so the inclusion of the UN Environment Programme in this new panel is extremely important,” she said in a statement.
“I believe that the evidence-based advice will result in practical solutions and implementation in the future and a win-win for all involved.”
In more feel-good Briefly News about South Africans doing amazing, Irvette van Zyl has made herself and the rest of South Africa super proud after she came in at number one at Nedbank's Runified world marathon that took place recently in Gqerberha.
The talented distance runner not only took first place at the marathon, but she also broke a previous world record after finishing the race at 3:04:23, beating the previous record by a whole three minutes.
Van Zyl subsequently walked away with R100k for winning the 50km race and another R150k for beating a world record. Locals were super proud of them and wasted no time congratulating them heartily in various online posts.
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