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MSc Student conducts tests at the Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases Research Institute

From 18-20 May, an MSc student, Maria Simwango, conducted tests at the Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases Research Institute (VVBDRI) in Tanga, Tanzania. Ms Simwango was required to determine whether 88 samples (tsetse fly and cattle DNA samples) were positive for the Trypanosome parasites that are infective to humans.

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Project C develops research uptake strategy

On 19-20 April 2016, the team from Project C held a consultative meeting with Julius Nyangaga of Right Track Solutions on behalf of WHO-TDR M&E support. The main agenda was to take stock of how much data had so far been gathered and analysed in order to begin preparations towards effective communication to stakeholders.

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PhD students attend data analysis training at Penn State University

Our two PhD students, Ms Happiness Nnko and Mr Anibariki Ngonyoka, are undergoing intensive training at Penn State University on data analysis under the mentorship of Professor Peter Hudson.

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New opportunities for our two MSc graduates

Our two MSc graduates, Mr Meshack Saigilu and Ms Linda Salekwa, are taking advantage of exciting new opportunities in their fields. Mr Saigilu and Ms Salekwa spent one year with the project as research assistants after successful MSc graduation in 2014 from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

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New project objective added to investigate the prevalence of the Trypanosome parasites in cattle

From our social survey and focus group discussions, it became evident that the livelihood of the Maasai people is completely intertwined with the health of their cattle. An additional project objective was therefore developed to investigate the prevalence of the Trypanosome parasites not only in tsetse flies (invertebrate hosts) but also in cattle (vertebrate hosts).

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Video produced on research being conducted in Tanzania

The researchers from Project C, together with the WHO Communications team and the TDR VES (vectors, environment and society) team, have released an informative new video on the research being conducted in Tanzania. The release of this video coincides with the Conference of the Parties currently underway in Paris (COP21).

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Completion of monthly monitoring of trypanosome infections in tsetse flies

Between July 2014 and November 2015, trypanosome infections in tsetse flies were monitored on a monthly basis. This was done using molecular techniques. To date we have found only animal-infective trypanosome species

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Results from research over the past 12 months

Research over the past 12 months has shown that the Maasai community in the Simanjiro district possess a good level of knowledge on tsetse flies, but not on the disease risk to humans, as the majority of those interviewed had no previous exposure to this disease.

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