Jim Ellis Video Field Diary, Part 2 (October, 2008)

About: An update on the NRRD study, as well as other activities in Iringa with the GL-CRSP Health for Animal and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) Project.

Jim Ellis Video Diary Part 1 (September, 2008)

About: I describe my connection to the late Jim Ellis, and provide an update on the research study and field work experience.

TB Testing in Idodi (September, 2008)

About: The HALI Project is actively testing livestock for tuberculosis (TB) in pastoral herds in the Idodi and Pawaga Divisions of Iringa District, Tanzania.  Testing livestock for TB allows the HALI Project to better understand the disease burden in livestock in the area, in order to develop appropriate responses to minimize the spread of infectious TB, which has been discovered in wildlife and can also threaten human health.

TB testing for livestock is carried out by the HALI Project’s Field Technician Howard Kombe and his assistant James, and is sometimes assisted by other contracted workers from local villages and the pastoralists themselves.  In September, HALI team member and UC Davis graduate student David Wolking paired up with Howard’s TB testing team for a few weeks, and shot some video and pictures of the team at work.  The resulting short film is a nice demonstration of the guys at work, and we’re happy to share it with you….

My hypotheses are not stupid (August, 2008)

About: Do humans and animals share water sources, thereby creating a potential transmission pathway for water-borne pathogens like Cryptosporidium and Giardia?  The proof is at hand…

African Cowboys (August, 2008)

About: HALI (Health For Animals and Livelihood Improvement) Project Coordinator Dr. Harrison Sadiki samples livestock at a Masai household in the Ruaha Ecosystem, Tanzania. Dr. Sadiki is collecting the blood samples to test for neospora and toxoplasma, protozoan pathogens that cause abortion in livestock populations. The HALI Project is investigating zoonotic disease transmission among wildlife, livestock, and humans in Ruaha, a critical habitat conservation area in Central Tanzania.


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