PREDICT launches One Health surveillance in the Lake Zone

Last week our PREDICT Tanzania team with members from HALI partners Ifakara Health Institute, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization launched the first field-based surveillance operation in the Lake Zone (near the borders with Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda).

Using the One Health approach, the team will sample wildlife, livestock, and people and conduct behavioral risk investigations all in an attempt to better understand mechanisms behind viral spillover and spread and zoonotic disease emergence. The team kicked off the trip with community sensitization meetings in villages to introduce the project and work with community members to identify potential high-risk interfaces for human and animal contact.

Stay tuned for more news from the Lake Zone as this exciting work is just getting started...

Dr. Grace Mwangoka, PREDICT Tanzania's human surveillance coordinator leads a community meeting in the Lake Zone.

Dr. Grace Mwangoka, PREDICT Tanzania's human surveillance coordinator leads a community meeting in the Lake Zone.