We share up to 98% of our DNA with great apes; such significant genetic similarity means that diseases are easily transmissible between humans and great apes. In this way, great apes are susceptible to the same deadly diseases that can affect humans, including Ebola, Anthrax and Marburg, with the risk of transmission growing as human populations expand into great ape territories.

GRASP collaborates with global health organisations and international experts to monitor and mitigate the effects of infectious diseases, improve national capacities for disease control and management and promote safeguards to protect the health of great ape populations and adjacent human populations.