Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) 

“Hundreds of millions of livestock keepers lack access to animal health services and technologies – we have a need to manage the environment and natural ecosystems”

The Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs) programme is a consortium of research and academic organisations co-led by the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) and the University of Liverpool. GBADs seeks to “measure to improve” animal health at local, national and global-levels, providing evidence-based investment plans for veterinary services and supporting high quality systemic evaluation of existing animal health investments.


The remit of both DECIDE and GBADs overlap in that the end goal is to assist informed decision making towards improved animal health management. The data flows generated by DECIDE and the GBADs methodologies are cornerstones in the deciding governmental and non-governmental responses to animal health issues.


Jonathan Rushton
Programme Director
William Gilbert