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The National Livestock Resources research Institute (NaLIRRI) together with Makerere University, Kampala and other partners will be implementing an 18 month project entitled” Epidemiology of brucellosis on the livestock, wildlife and human interface: Improving the diagnostic capacities of brucellosis disease, enhance the control strategies with special emphasis on farmers' awareness in the Bwindi-Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth, and Murchison falls conservation areas in Uganda, Parc National des Virunga (République Démocratique du Congo) and Nimule wildlife conservation area, South Sudan”.

The other partners include;

  • The Department of Animal Production, Republic of South Sudan
  • Catholic University of Graben, Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Institute of Tropical Health, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Navarra, Spain
  • Center for Research and Food Technology of Aragon CITA – Avda Montañana 930 50059 Zaragoza, Spain
  • CZ Veterinaria, Spain and
  • The Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery Veterinary Faculty Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

The project objectives are;

  1. To isolate and characterize infecting Brucellae species in goats, sheep, cattle, humans and wildlife within Bwindi-Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth, and Murchison Falls conservation areas in Uganda, Parc National des Virunga (République Démocratique du Congo) and Nimule wildlife conservation area, South Sudan.
  2. To increase public awareness of animal and human brucellosis and the ways of preventing this disease in both animals and humans
  3. To improve the diagnostic capacities and awareness by health practitioners about brucellosis in domestic ruminants, wildlife and humans in Uganda, DRC and South Sudan.

Project activities will include;

  • Assessment of laboratory capacity on brucellosis diagnosis and awareness
  • Training of selected veterinary, laboratory and medical personnel in areas around the conservation areas on brucellosis diagnosis and control
  • Conducting of community awareness meetings around the selected conservation areas in Uganda, DRC and South Sudan
  • Collection appropriate samples from wildlife, livestock and human for laboratory culture and confirmation using modern diagnostic approaches

Tentative start date:  1st February 2018