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Investigating prevalence and identifying risk factors of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle and humans in an agro-pastoral community in Awdal region, Somaliland

Investigating prevalence and identifying risk factors of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle and humans in an agro-pastoral community in Awdal region, Somaliland
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Investigating prevalence and identifying risk factors of Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle and humans in an agro-pastoral community in Awdal region, Somaliland

By: Dr. Amina Hussein

The economy of Somaliland largely relies on livestock and agriculture. The livestock sector provides food and income to over 60% of the country’s population. Awdal region is the most northwesterly province of Somaliland. The region is one of the agro-pastoral livelihood zones in Somaliland, where farming and agricultural production are the predominant livelihood sources.

Amoud University and IGAD Sheikh Technical University of Science (ISTUS) are working together to study the prevalence of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) among cattle and to identify the risk factors in humans in Awdal region of Somaliland. The researchers are collecting samples from cattle and interviewing the owners. The aim is to inform public health and Veterinary experts on having one-health approach to infectious diseases among humans and animals

The research has 4 stages:

STAGE ONE: Study site identification

STAGE TWO: Data collection

STAGE THREE: Sample analysis

The researchers are harvesting the serum from the whole blood and storing at -200C, the serum will then be transported to ISTUS for further analysis using ELISA technique.

The research will address the health needs of Somali people by generating knowledge that intends to raise awareness to Bovine Tuberculosis and stimulate zoonotic disease research collaboration among key stakeholders in human, animal and environmental sectors.

Partner institutions:

  • University of Liverpool, UK
  • International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
  • IGAD Sheikh Technical University of Science, Somaliland
  • Amoud University, Somaliland

 

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