Research project This project aims at improving the capacity to predict and be prepared against the impact of sudden disease outbreaks that not only cause direct suffering, but also leads to severe negative impact on economy, exaggerating poverty to already deprived communities. Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a neglected, mosquito-borne viral disease, will be used as a model for these types of outbreaks, which are strongly influenced by environmental and climatic changes.
This project aims at improving the capacity to predict, prevent and mitigate the impact of sudden outbreaks with severe negative impact on economy in already deprived communities. Rift Valley fever will be used as a model for outbreaks that are strongly influenced by environmental and climatic changes. A high-resolution prediction model will be developed that enables specific counter measures specifically directed to the affected areas and stakeholders. The model will be built on translational research including sustainable relationship between environment and biological life and cultural and equality factors and will deploy a multidisciplinary team of specialists to set up a strategy towards prevention and control. The project emphasizes the essential role of the policy maker in the development of the needed infrastructure.
SIDA U-forsk, 2012-2014: SEK 3,600,000
SIDA planeringsanslag, 2010: SEK 98,000
Schlumberger foundation, faculty for the future post doc fellowship, 2012-2014: SEK 750,000
Rosemary Sang, Associate professor, PhD, icipe (International centre of insect physiology and ecology), Kenya
Rees Mbabu Murithi, Dr, DVM, Ministry of Livestock Development, Kenya
Jacqueline Kasiiti Lichoti-Orengo, Dr, DVM, Ministry of Livestock Development, Kenya
Per Sandström, Dr, PhD, SLU, Umeå
Hippolyte Affognon Djosse', Dr, PhD, icipe (International centre of insect physiology and ecology), Kenya