Dr. Calvin Sindato is an Epidemiologist with Tanzania National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR). He holds the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Tanzania.
He is currently a PhD candidate at SUA under the SACIDS Wellcome Trust Fellowship. His PhD work is focusing on the Rift Valley Fever risk mapping and geospatial modelling in Tanzania.
The key research question d riving his PhD study is: “What are the risk factors that contribute to RVF occurrence in Tanzania and how to improve contingency plans, modelling and forecasting for strategic prevention initiatives?” His vision is to contribute to the modelling and forecasting of the occurrence of thisclimate dependant disease and strategic implementation of the control initiatives to prevent occurrence and burden associated with this disease in human and animal population both at national and regional levels.
Internally Calvin is working under the mentorship of Prof. Esron Karimuribo (main supervisor) of Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania and Dr. Leonard E.G. Mboera (advisor) of NIMR, Tanzania. Externally Calvin is mentored by Prof. Dirk Pfeiffer of The Royal Veterinary College, UKand Prof. Janusz T. Paweska of The National Institute for Communicable Diseases South Africa.
Under support of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) and Tanzania National Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (NAtCIDS) Calvin was the National convener for cross-project Community of Practice for research on RVF in Tanzania.
In addition Calvin is the member of the Regional (SADC-TADs) RVF working group, the Scientific Editor for NIMR Tabora Research Centre Tanzania, member of NIMR laboratory advisory committee and reviewer for one of health research journals in Tanzania.
Publication(s): The changing landscape of public health in sub-Saharan Africa: Control and prevention of communicable diseases needs rethinking , Spatial Heterogeneity of Habitat Suitability for Rift Valley Fever Occurrence in Tanzania: An Ecological Niche Modelling Approach , A Smartphone App (AfyaData) for Innovative One Health Disease Surveillance from Community to National Levels in Africa: Intervention in Disease Surveillance