Human behavior is a key factor when a disease jumps from animals to humans, as well as the subsequent person-to-person transmission of the disease. Changes in behavior can help prevent and stop outbreaks, particularly when risk communication and community engagement activities are tailored to the concerns and practices of the intended audience.
The Zoonotic Behavioral Research Assessments toolkit is a repository for research on risk and prevention behaviors related to select zoonotic diseases, with a focus on individual and sociocultural drivers, and the policy and communication environment that influences those behaviors.
Researchers, public health practitioners, government officials, implementing partners, and stakeholders can use this toolkit to conduct behavioral research on priority zoonotic diseases and learn from existing research. Insights gained during their research can then guide their risk communication and community engagement efforts.