Prof Esron is a postdoctoral research fellow at Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS). His research focuses on resource mapping and application of mobile technologies in infectious disease surveillance across human and animal health sectors. He also a Senior Lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania.
He graduated in 1995 with a veterinary degree from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania and in 1998 he was awarded a Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) degree of the same university. He worked as a research assistant attached to different research projects at SUA until 2000 when he was employed as an Assistant Lecturer. He pursued studies at the University of Reading in UK and awarded a PhD in 2002. He became a Lecturer at SUA in 2002 and maintained this position until 2009 when he was promoted to a Senior Lecturer position.
In 2007, he was awarded an African Research Fellowship by Rothamsted International and worked at Moredun Research Institute in Scotland (UK) for one year. In 2009, he joined the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) as postdoctoral research fellow working on Rockefeller Foundation-funded projects on resource mapping and application of mobile technologies in infectious disease surveillance across human and animal health sectors.
Under the RF-funded project, Esron has collaborated with other key players in developing a one health surveillance strategy in three pilot study sites, namely the Ngorongoro, Kagera River Basin and Zambezi River Basin ecosystems. He has published more than 45 papers in peer-reviewed local and international journals as well as speaking in different local and international scientific conferences.Enhancing community-based disease outbreak detection and response in East and Southern Africa
Publication(s): Drivers of disease emergence and spread: Is wildlife to blame? , The changing landscape for health research in Africa: The Focus of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance , The changing landscape of public health in sub-Saharan Africa: Control and prevention of communicable diseases needs rethinking , Mobile technologies for disease surveillance in humans and animals , 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