Project Profile

Project Description

PANDASIA is an acronym for “Pandemic Literacy and Viral Zoonotic Spillover Risk at the Frontline of Disease Emergence in Southeast Asia to Improve Pandemic Preparedness.” It is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and UK Research and Innovation. The primary objectives of PANDASIA are to gather information on social and biological data, model zoonotic spillover rates, and study disease emergence in high-risk settings in Thailand to identify potential pandemic drivers along nature-rural-urban gradients. With a better understanding of the interactions between the underlying drivers of spillover at local levels, evidence-based strategies for pandemic preparedness and public health measures can be developed and improved. PANDASIA will utilize our advancements in prediction to determine, analyze, and model the potential for viral pathogen spillover from the perspectives of One Health (OH) and EcoHealth (EH). The research and strategies will be based on community-driven, co-created interventions, and communication strategies aimed at enhancing local community and public health authority pandemic health literacy and preparedness. The implementation of PANDASIA is expected to bring immediate local and national benefits, as well as long-term regional and international benefits for society.

Project Duration

PANDASIA is implemented from January 2023 to December 2027.

Time Frame

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Begins of the PANDASIA project
March - May 2023

Scoping visits and meetings with relevant stakeholders

May - June
May - June 2023

Submit the application for local ethical approvals to conduct research activities with human, domestic and wild animals.

July - September
July - September 2023

Conduct policy analysis and stakeholder mapping.

November 2023

Conduct a systematic review to synthesize existing knowledge about human environment interactions, ecosystem functioning, human livelihoods, risk behaviors, and perceptions of relevance for spillover events, disease emergence, and pandemics in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), One Health activities in Thailand, and the CITES database.

November 2023

Implement a workshop to discuss results from the policy analysis and stakeholder mapping with relevant stakeholders.

November - March
November 2023 - March 2024

Implement a baseline qualitative data collection and quantitative survey, including blood sampling for virological analysis.

April - September
April - September 2024

Conduct community engagement activities to provide preliminary results to communities and relevant stakeholders.

April - September
April - September 2024

Utilize mathematical modeling to develop ecological, epidemiological and evolutionary conceptual models that enhance understanding of the significance of the general principles and pathways of spillover processes. These will guide the development and analyses of a structurally equivalent, yet more specific, data-driven model.

April - March
April 2024 - March 2025

Prepare and implement a pandemic prevention and preparedness literacy (3PL) intervention to create and test a critical public health measure in order to reduce zoonotic transmission and pandemic risks.

May - September
May - September 2026

Implement an endline quantitative survey.

May - December
May - December 2027

Disseminate the final implementation results and publications of the project.

Project Partners

PANDASIA brings together a collaboration of leading institutions, practitioners, and stakeholders from the EU and Southeast Asia. These institutions represent various fields, including social sciences, anthropology, ecology, wildlife, veterinary sciences, virology, mathematical modeling, statistics and evaluation, public health, and economics. PANDASIA is implemented by a multi-disciplinary consortium comprised of partners from the following institutions:

Project Partner

PANDASIA brings together a collaboration of leading EU and South-East Asian institutions, practitioners, and stakeholders in the fields of social sciences, anthropology, ecology, wildlife, veterinary sciences, virology, mathematical modelling, statistics and evaluation, public health, and economics. PANDAISIA is implemented by a multi-disciplinary consortium partner from the following institutions: