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Friday, September 09, 2011

International congress to discuss impact of zoonotic diseases in developing countries

Maasai father and son tend to their cattle in their paddock in Kitengela
A Maasai father and his son tend to their cattle herd. Addressing the impact of zoonotic diseases on humans, animals and the environment will benefit smallholder livestock keepers in developing countries. (Photo: ILRI/Mann).

Regional and international experts on public health and infectious diseases will meet at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 15-17 September 2011 for the first international congress on pathogens at the human-animal interface (ICOPHAI) to deliberate on the impact of infectious diseases and explore the limitations and needs of developing countries.

The congress will have a keynote speaker on One Health with a focus on zoonoses (animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans) as well as plenary speakers in the following eight thematic areas:

  • Emerging zoonoses and wildlife interface 
  • Drug discovery and antimicrobial resistance 
  • Respiratory diseases and global impact 
  • Parasitic zoonoses and environment 
  • Enteric food and waterborne infections 
  • Genomics and molecular epidemiology 
  • Immunology and vaccine development 
  • Policy, capacity building and other significant issues

Participants are expected to include academicians, government and industry research scientists, policymakers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The conference is organized by a consortium of regional and international academic and research organizations comprising:

  • Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Federal University of ParanĂ , Brazil
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • International Livestock Research Institute 
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • National Semi-Arid Institute, Brazil
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • University of Gondar, Ethiopia
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya

The Market Opportunities Theme of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will be represented at the meeting by Dr Delia Grace, veterinary epidemiologist and leader of ILRI's research team on animal health, food safety and zoonoses, and Dr Kohei Makita, veterinary epidemiologist on joint appointment at ILRI and Rakuno Gakuen University in Japan.

Dr Makita is scheduled to present a paper on "Use of participatory methods in food safety risk analysis of informally marketed livestock products in sub-Saharan Africa: Advantages and challenges".

For more information, please visit the ICOPHAI 2011 website.

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