The specific objectives of the study are:
- to investigate the current status of brucellosis prevalence in dairy animals.
- to estimate the current indicative brucellosis prevalence in dairy farmers/workers.
- to identify animal brucellosis associated risk factors
- to identify human brucellosis associated risk factors
Expected output and Benefits
- The participant shall be provided with rapid results of his/her brucellosis status without paying for it.
- The farmer will know the brucellosis condition in his/her farm.
- Family members will be awarded and safeguarded from brucellosis accordingly.
- The community may benefit through improved strategies to control brucellosis.
- Feasible control measures against the disease in animals, as animals are the main source of infection to humans.
- Based on the result and findings, the Ministry of health and respective regional veterinary officers can design and implement feasible control measures against the disease in animals, as animals are the main source of infection to humans.
- Updated information on the study conducted will be published and disseminated.
Achievement and Challenges
Despite the extended delay experienced due to Covid-19 and related situations, recently the team has made remarkable progress in fulfilling all required documents, templates, forms etc.. and submitted to the respective concerned HORN mentors for further processing and approval. Now the team is readily awaiting to receive the budget and implement the planned activities shortly.
Project activity related Images
Obviously, this project involved the research team members, many assistant technicians, participant, relevant stakeholders and collaborators. The team members were frequently conducted meetings in person and discussed on the project until reached to a good consensus. The following picture is a sample of the many discussion events carried out by the research team members.
Considering the current progress level of the project and all other related segments, the work plan has been scheduled shown in the table below.
|Activity||Start Week||End week|
|1||Project contact signing at the ILRI||11 January 2021||15 January 2021|
|2||Project budget approval and ILRI –Asmara, bank transfer process.||18 January 2021||29 Jan 2021|
|3||Blood and data collection field activity in Maekel Region and sub regions (Berik, Asmara, serejectka and GalaNefhi). A total of 85 dairy farms and their respective owners will be sampled and interviewed.||01 February 2021||28 February 2021|
|4||Blood and data collection field activity in Debub Region and sub regions (Mendefera, Dubarwa, Dekemhare, Segeneity, AdiQuala and EmniHaili). A total of 136 dairy farms and their respective owners will be sampled and interviewed. The farms are far parted from each other.||01- March 2021||30- April 2021|
|5||Laboratory testing and analysis||01-May 2021||30- May 2021|
|6||Data entry and analysis||01-June 2021||30- June 2021|
|Data interpretation and analysis||01-July 2021||30- July 2021|
|Report writing and dissemination||01- August 2021||30- August 2021|