Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach: A Tripartite Guide to Addressing Zoonotic Diseases in Countries

March 11, 2019
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Every day we hear about health challenges at the human-animal-environment interface. Zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, rabies, Ebola, and Rift Valley fever continue to have major impacts on health, livelihoods, and economies. These health threats cannot be effectively addressed by one sector alone. Multidisciplinary and multisectoral collaboration is needed to tackle them and to…

Emerging and vector-borne disease research and training

February 15, 2019
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Dr Leonard E.G. Mboera discusses the importance of studying emerging and vector-borne diseases at The Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance, including challenges to address in this vein. Statistics indicate that infectious diseases are the second cause of illness and death in the world and the first in developing countries. They are responsible for…

SACIDS Foundation for One Health

February 15, 2019
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The SACIDS Foundation for One Health is a One Health partnership of medical and veterinary institutions, that was founded in 2008 by universities and national research institutions in 5 Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It has since evolved from a consortium to a research and training Foundation and expanded its relevance to sub-Saharan Africa, while maintaining its primary…

PhD position to work on tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, at icipe

February 6, 2019
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icipe is offering a PhD project working on the micro-lepidopteran moth of South American origin, the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, that represents the dominant and most serious pest of tomato. Further information: http://cbid.icipe.org/apps/tomato-leafminer-2019/index.php Deadline for applications: 22nd February 2019  

Ten threats to global health in 2019

January 21, 2019
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The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises. To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of…

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

January 21, 2019
The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in one of the most complex settings possible. A high number of cases are still being reported, most notably from the metropolitan areas of Katwa Health Zone during the past week. The decline in case incidence…

UNZA VET DOC SCOOPS 2018 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MERIT AWARD

January 8, 2019
Dr Martin Chitolongo Simuunza the senior lecturer in the Department of Disease Control, in the School of Veterinary Medicine, was on 29th November 2018 awarded the 2018 Science and Technology Merit Award at a colourful ceremony, which was graced by the Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo at the Cresta Golf View Hotel. The…

CORDS networks learn experiences on EBS in Tanzania

January 7, 2019
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From December 17-21, 2018, the Connecting Organization for Regional Disease Surveillance (CORDS) network members visited Tanzania to learn experiences, good practices and challenges on the use of digital technology in event-based surveillance (EBS). The event brought together sixteen (16) individuals from CORDS’ sixmember networks. They visited Ngorongoro, which is one of the districts in Tanzania…

Strengthening capacity for surveillance and response to Viral Hemorrhagic fevers in Tanzania

January 7, 2019
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The SACIDS Foundation for One Health is implementing a project titled “Strengthening scientific capacity for surveillance and response to Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) in Tanzania” through the support of the Korean National Institute of Health (KNIH). SACIDS and KNIH organized a training workshop on the application of molecular and serological technologies held at the Sokoine…

Techno-Health Surveillance Newsletter Volume 3, Number 11 & 12

January 7, 2019
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Dear reader, We are delighted to have kept up with you all through the year 2018 on our Techno-Health Surveillance. Thank you for the opportunities you gave us to share with you our research and training activities to enhance community-based participatory One Health surveillance using digital technology. Your continuous opinions and feedback were very much…