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FEBRUARY 2017 - News from Livestock, Livelihoods and Health
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WELCOME to the latest newsletter from Livestock, Livelihoods and Health, an international One Health research programme working in Tanzania.

Catch up on our research

The last year has seen massive qualitative and quantitative data and sample collection activities for the three Livestock, Livelihoods and Health (LLH) projects. Though still early days, it is already possible to draw tentative, early conclusions from them. Check out the multimedia story below, in which our lead researchers offer their thoughts.

image link to From the field multimedia Shorthand story

Meetings in the shadow of Mount Meru

LLH was honoured to co-host, with ZooLinK, the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) grantholders meeting last month. Representatives from all 11 of the ZELS initiative projects, including the three LLH ones, arrived in Arusha to update each other, share tips and plan for the next year. 

The meeting was followed by a two-day workshop for students on the ZELS Associated Studentship (ZELS-AS) programme - and then a week of meetings for partners in the LLH projects. Two of these, Hazards Associated with Zoonotic enteric pathogens in Emerging Livestock meat pathways (HAZEL) and Molecular epidemiology of brucellosis in northern Tanzania (Brucella), are now entering their final year.
Mount Meru as seen from Arusha. Credit: Phase9
“One of the key lessons learned so far is the importance of time – to get set up, to get ethical approvals, to adjust to local political and logistical challenges.”

Read programme administrator Mary Ryan's blog on the ZELS meeting.

Celebrating One Health Day: a time for action

The first international One Health Day took place last 3 November, offering the opportunity for the global One Health community to promote the One Health approach. This recognises the inter-connectedness of animal, human and environmental health. To mark the occasion, LLH produced a set of videos, in which our lead researchers talk about what One Health means to them, as well as a blog by Professor Sarah Cleaveland on 'a time for action'.
Sarah Cleaveland talking with pastoralists
“One Health interventions can buffer against social and economic inequalities by casting a much wider, preventive ‘safety net’.”

Read Sarah Cleaveland's blog.
View our One Health videos.
 

From the blog

Focus group with village leaders in Sukuro-Simanjiro.
“When we ask about brucellosis, or 'ugonjwa wa maziwa' as it is referred to here, people only talk about symptoms in animals. They are less aware of people contracting the disease.”

Read ZELS-AS student Violet Barasa's blog on 'a curious disconnect.'

Conference news

December was a busy month for conferences. LLH was well represented at One Health Ecohealth 2016 in Melbourne, with Professor Sarah Cleaveland presenting on ‘Dynamics, impacts and implications of infections in natural ecosystems’ (pdf), Professor Nigel French presenting on ‘One Health and controlling food-borne infections’ and ZELS-AS student Violet Barasa exhibiting her poster, ‘Is One Health a one size fits all? Critical reflections on One Health in dynamic pastoralist settings in Africa’ (pdf).
A nine-strong team from LLH also attended the 34th annual Tanzania Veterinary Association conference in Arusha, with Professor Ruth Zadoks presenting on our meat risks project HAZEL(pdf), Dr Tito Kibona on the disease drivers project (SEEDZ) and Rebecca Bodenham on the brucellosis project.
At DevNet 2016, in Wellington, Dr Gerard Prinsen presented early findings from our social science work, 'Food safety awareness and practices in urban and rural butcheries and eateries in northern Tanzania'.

Other news

PUBLICATION - LLH partners Dr Felix Lankester and Dr Alicia Davies have had a paper, 'Pastoralism and wildlife: historical and current perspectives in the East African rangelands of Kenya and Tanzania', published in Revue Scientifique et Technique (November 2016).

FELLOWSHIP - Professor Jo Sharp has been elected to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

NOMINATION - Professor Sarah Cleaveland has been nominated for the Evening Times' Scotswoman of the Year award. 

Events

Inaugural meeting of the International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health, Aviemore, 27-28 March, 2017

6th East African Health and Scientific Conference, Bujumbura, 28-31 March, 2017

10th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonellosis, Kampala, 4-6 April, 2017

Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Boston, 5-9 April, 2017

Annual CUGH Global Health Conference, Washington DC, 6-9 April, 2017

Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Diseases 2017, Trieste, 17-19 May, 2017

17th BioDundee International Conference, Dundee, 23-24 May, 2017

Med-Vet-Net conference 2017 Guildford, 27-29 June, 2017

International Conference on Research for Development (ICRID), Bern, 5-8 September, 2017

2nd International Meeting on Arboviruses and their Vectors, Glasgow, 7-8 September, 2017

18th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), Buenos Aires, 1-4 March 2018

5th International One Health Congress, Saskatoon, 22-25 June 2018 

 
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Livestock, Livelihoods and Health comprises three of the 11 research projects funded under the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme, a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. 
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