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Knowledge Management System
Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance

There are 5 main considerations which justify a focus on geo-spatial analysis by SACIDS.

  • Climate change has been identified by several international studies as a driver for infectious disease spread. Southern and East Africa experience outbreaks of climate dependent infectious and vector-borne diseases in either epidemic or endemic forms e.g. malaria, RVF, Tsetse and Trypanosomosis, TTBDs, plague, cholera. Climate change is also affecting land use and the spread of epidemic diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease which are not vector-borne. The spread and epidemiology of several of the diseases that are being targeted for surveillance and study (e.g. RVF, Plague, FMD) by the SACIDS consortium  are being affected by climate change and land use.
  • Within the Tanzania National Virtual Centre (i.e. consortium of institutions) for infectious Diseases, GIS and remote sensing expertise exist at SUA and the Institute for Resource Assessment of the University of Dar es Salaam (IRA-UDSM) but these tend to be primarily focused on agricultural and natural resource (forestry, woodlands, wildlife) land use than on ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases;
  • No specific GIS training module is included in medical and veterinary curricula at either undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • There is limited expertise in climate modelling in the region outside South Africa. The IRA-UDSM and SUA depend on models developed by Cape Town University, through a formal MoU;
  • A demonstration of the mapping and geo-spatial analysis tools that are being developed by Google under the Google-earth, Google-maps and other initiatives, which was done by the team to the to the SACIDS Board clearly indicated an opportunity for accelerated introduction of Geographical Information Systems into disease and/or resource mapping and geospatial analysis of infectious disease events and distribution.

This theme will involve the engagement by the SACIDS Secretariat of a postdoctoral research epidemiologist supported by ICT expertise. This team will collaborate with the GIS and Remote Sensing unit of SUA which is located within the same building as the SACIDS Secretariat plus the IRA-UDSM plus the epidemiology teams of UNZA, MUHAS and SUA. Thus it will set up a GIS mapping and analysis facility at the SACIDS Secretariat in association with the SUA GIS and Remote Sensing Unit in order to enhance the capacity for geo-spatial analysis of infectious disease events using software/tools that are freely available such as Google Mapping, Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth plus conventional GIS and remote sensing tools.

This geo-informatics and climate study will use RVF as the platform for targeting work on GIS, remote sensing and climate modelling and through developing a training module in the three components run as short postgraduate CPD courses that eventually will be integrated into the SACIDS One Health MSc Epidemiology to be offered by University of Zambia (UNZA).

One Health Geo-Spacial Analysis

Physical Address

SACIDS Secretariat, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), P.O. Box 3297 Chuo Kikuu, SUA, Morogoro Tanzania



(+255) 073 293 1717

& Mission


A Sub-Saharan African society protected from devastating infectious diseases affecting the health of humans, animals, i.e. both terrestrial and aquatic, and ecosystems, thereby promoting livelihoods, socio-economic development including market access and the environment


To harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve Africa’s capacity (including human, financial and physical) to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals, ecosystems and their interactions in order to better manage the risk posed by them.


To work towards One Africa, One health in the context of the One World One Health vision

One Health Focus

A collaborative effort between natural sciences and social sciences to advance the understanding of interactions between humans, animals and the environment to improve public and animal health
SACIDS Partnerships
Democratic Republic of Congo

National Coordinator – Professor Jean-Marie Kayembe Ntumba, Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine Institute of Public Health Kinshasa

The Institute of Public Health of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kinshasa.  

National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB)

The Central Veterinary Laboratory in Kinshasa

National Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN)


National Coordinator – Dr Luis Neves, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University

Faculty of Medicine - Eduardo Mondlane University (FM-EMU)

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Eduardo Mondlane University (FVM-EMU)

Directorate of Animal Sciences – Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique - Ministry of Agriculture (DCA-IIAM)

National Health Institute – Ministry of Health (INS)

National Institute for Fisheries Inspection (INIP)

South Africa

National Coordinator of Tanzanian consortium is Professor Mecky Matee, Head Dept Microbiology, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, MUHAS, Dar es Salaam

The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)


Zambia national coordinator is Dr. Aaron S. Mweene, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia. 

Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) - email: cvri @ zamnet dot zm

Smart Partnerships
Collaborating Institutions