Animal Biosciences / Animal Diseases / ASF / BecA / CRP37 / East Africa / Epidemiology / Health / Kenya / Uganda / Vaccines Platform

Analysing African Swine fever epidemiology on the Kenya-Uganda border

On 2-3 October 2013 the closing workshop of the BecA‐ILRI‐CSIRO‐AusAID project on Understanding African Swine fever (ASF) epidemiology as a basis for control was held in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants who included project staff and other invited guests of the workshop titled ‘Analysis of African Swine fever epidemiology and pig value chains to underpin design of … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Biosciences / East Africa / Genetics / Indigenous Breeds / Interview / Kenya / Research

Study evidences continual waning of cattle genetic diversity in Western Kenya: Interview with Mary Ndila

For the last four years, Mary Ndila has been studying the population structure of indigenous cattle for her PhD project titled, ‘Genomics diversity of East African Shorthorn Zebu cattle of Western Kenya’, a joint program between ILRI and the University of Nottingham and funded by Wellcome Trust. In this article we find out whether breed … Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / Event / Health / Kenya / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

Republic of Kenya Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) launched

The Kenyan ministries of livestock and development and public health and sanitation yesterday, 3 October 2012 officially launched the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) in Nairobi. ‘The ZDU is a One Health office in Kenya that was formed to address the gap that exists between animal and human health sectors in terms of prevention and control … Continue reading

Agri-Health / Animal Biosciences / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / Kenya / Project / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

A Day in the Life of the PAZ Project: Fascioliasis in Western Kenya

‘A Day in the Life of the People, Animals and their Zoonoses (PAZ) Project’, is series of blog articles by several members of ILRI staff working on the PAZ project based in Busia. These staff members, share their first hand experiences, challenges, and highlights of the project, in this post George Omondi Acharry, a laboratory … Continue reading

Disease Control / East Africa / Event / Livestock Challenges / Southern Africa / Vaccines / Vaccines Platform

Scientists discuss current knowledge and research approaches that could lead to a next generation ECF vaccine

The next generation vaccine for East Coast fever (EFC), an important cattle disease was the discussion agenda in a 2.5 day workshop organized by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural-Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) on April 16-18. Stakeholders from Nairobi-ILRI, USA, UK, Belgium, … Continue reading

Agri-Health / Animal Biosciences / BT01 / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / People / Project / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

A Day in the Life of the PAZ Project: Tapeworm [taeniasis] infestation in Busia

‘A Day in the Life of the People, Animals and their Zoonoses (PAZ) Project’, is series of blog articles by several members of ILRI staff working on the PAZ project based in Busia. These staff members, share their first hand experiences, challenges, and highlights of the project, in this post Lorren Alumasa, a clinical technician … Continue reading

Agri-Health / BT01 / Disease Control / East Africa / People / Project / Research / Vaccines Platform / Zoonotic Diseases

A Day in the Life of the PAZ Project: Laboratory diagnostic of diseases hosted by animals in the PAZ project area

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), jointly with the University of Edinburgh (UK) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, with additional support from the Kenyan Department of Veterinary Services, operates a laboratory in the town of Busia, in Western Kenya.  It is here that the People, Animals and their Zoonoses (PAZ) project operates a joint … Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Animal Biosciences / BT01 / CRP4 / Disease Control / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / Kenya / People / Project / Research / Zoonotic Diseases

The (neglected) ties binding human and animal health

“Animal diseases make up 60 per cent of all human pathogens and have a significant impact on poverty. Yet for many years, the worst diseases were sorely neglected by the international community. Eric Fevre describes how this turned around, and what researchers are now doing to tackle it. ‘In the far west of rural Kenya, … Continue reading

Africa / Agri-Health / Animal Biosciences / BT01 / Disease Control / East Africa / Emerging Diseases / People / Zoonotic Diseases

A Day in the Life of the PAZ Project: About the People, Animals and their Zoonoses Project

Western Kenya is a part of the world with high human and livestock population densities, representative more largely of the whole Lake Victoria Crescent ecosystem.  This is a rural area (around 95% of households depend on agriculture as their primary source of livelihoods) where farmers are mixed crop-livestock small-holders – families generally grow crops and … Continue reading

BT03 / East Africa / Project / Research

Determining appropriate genotypes for dairy production systems through the Dairy Genetics East Africa (DGEA) project

With the horn of Africa facing serious famine, research experts have been discussing different ways of implementing sustainable solutions to combat this crisis. Among the opportunities identified for this crisis in a media briefing on ‘Research Options for Mitigating Drought-induced Food Crises’  is to have the right kinds of animal breeds in the right environment … Continue reading