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Global challenges, Cambridge solutions

The University of Cambridge is at the forefront of the search for systems based solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, seeking to be a global force for positive change. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 14 million people globally die each year from infectious diseases (i.e. one-fourth of total annual deaths).  In all world sectors, infectious disease morbidity severely compromises not only the health of populations, but also impacts economic productivity and social stability.

Infectious diseases like malaria, TB, schistosomiasis, dengue fever, and Zika virus are responsible for large burdens of disease globally and are highly sensitive to changes in environmental conditions, including temperature, soil moisture and precipitation patterns, deforestation, dams and irrigation projects, and others. It’s an urgent priority to better understand how land management practices alter the risk of these diseases in different settings and what types of interventions can reduce exposure to these diseases.

Most emerging diseases globally are zoonotic diseases (with both human and animal hosts), and clearer understanding of anthropogenic influences on the emergence of zoonotic diseases (like HIV and Ebola) is another priority.

See how our researchers are improving the lives of people around the world by finding solutions to reduce the global burden of infectious diseases and improve planetary health.



Cambridge Africa

Established in 2008 by a consortia of CID members and collaborators, Cambridge-Africa is an umbrella programme at the University of Cambridge that comprises a range of proactive, coordinated, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary initiatives in Cambridge and Africa that help to strengthen research capacity and scholarship in African universities and research institutes.

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Cambridge-Chennai Centre Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistant Tuberculosis

Established in 2015 by a consortia of CID members and collaborators, our partnership between the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) in Chennai, India, brings together a multidisciplinary team to focus on novel diagnostics and therapeutics for TB. 

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Infectious Diseases and Planetary Health

Read the latest from The Lancet Planetary Health journal: Planetary Health: a new discipline