Excursions of a biochemical kind: ILRI hosts CUNY–Regeneron ‘power couple’ working to improve the health of African cattle and COVID-19 patients
Animal Breeding / Animal Health / Biotechnology / Communications / COVID19 / Disease Control / ILRI / Interview / Kenya / Trypanosomiasis / USA

Excursions of a biochemical kind: ILRI hosts CUNY–Regeneron ‘power couple’ working to improve the health of African cattle and COVID-19 patients

Jayne Raper, professor in the department of biological sciences at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) and her husband Neil Stahl, vice president of Regeneron visit ILRI and share thoughts on trypanosomiasis and COVID-19. Continue reading

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station commits to preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife through its wildlife corridor
Advocacy / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Biodiversity / Climate Change / East Africa / Environment / Event / Kapiti / Kenya / Mazingira / Wildlife

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station commits to preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife through its wildlife corridor

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station has been registered as a Kenyan national wildlife conservancy. Its land will help conserve wildlife that can now move between the corridors in the Nairobi National Park and the Athi-Kapiti plains. Continue reading

New One Health centre in Africa announces advisory committee members
A4NH / Africa / AHH / AMR / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Emerging Diseases / Food Safety / ILRI / LIVESTOCKCRP / OHRECA / OneHealth / Zoonotic Diseases

New One Health centre in Africa announces advisory committee members

The ILRI-led One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre in Africa (OHRECA) has an advisory committee of 10 members who include scientists and policymakers from Africa, Europe and North America. They will guide OHRECA in implementing its work in Africa. Continue reading

USAID-funded Regional Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab to be based in Nairobi, Kenya
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USAID-funded Regional Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab to be based in Nairobi, Kenya

The Feed the Future Animal Health Innovation Lab will identify interventions to reduce livestock diseases, particularly the deadly cattle disease known as East Coast fever (ECF) and further develop local capacity in animal health through research training and institutional development. Continue reading

ILRI Forage Genebank supports development of improved forage varieties to increase livestock productivity in Ethiopia
Agriculture / Biodiversity / Ethiopia / Feeds / FFD / Forages / Genebank / Livestock Productivity / Seeds

ILRI Forage Genebank supports development of improved forage varieties to increase livestock productivity in Ethiopia

The recent release of the CGIAR Genebank Platform 2019 annual report highlights that, for the third year in a row, germplasm distribution to requesters outside of the CGIAR exceeded that to those inside the CGIAR. Ethiopia ranked as one of the top 10 countries receiving germplasm from the CGIAR. Nearly 60% of these, representing a … Continue reading

Global action needed to fight the spread of African swine fever
Advocacy / AHH / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / ASF / ILRI / Pigs / Transboundary disease / Vaccines

Global action needed to fight the spread of African swine fever

African swine fever, an infectious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, has spread to nearly 51 countries across the globe and continues to wreak havoc with countries facing significant socio-economic losses in the current situation. The disease, which is caused by African swine fever virus, causes hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic … Continue reading

Grass roots vaccination campaigns support rabies eradication in Kenya
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Grass roots vaccination campaigns support rabies eradication in Kenya

Significant challenges exist in sub-Saharan Africa where vaccination efforts and large-scale campaigns, which focus on rural areas, often have mixed results. In Kenya, the National Rabies Elimination Coordination Committee oversees efforts to eliminate dog-mediated rabies. It is coordinated by the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU) and the ministries of health, and agriculture livestock and fisheries. Continue reading

ILRI’s ‘Azizi’ facility is storing samples of livestock and wildlife biodiversity for future research
Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Biodiversity / CTLGH / East Africa / Genetics / ILRI / LivestockGenetics

ILRI’s ‘Azizi’ facility is storing samples of livestock and wildlife biodiversity for future research

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) stores biological samples from a diversity of species, which provide an immense genetic library for research in zoonosis, genetics, reproductive technology and breed preservation. Continue reading

Expanding capacity for participatory disease surveillance in Uganda
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Expanding capacity for participatory disease surveillance in Uganda

In an effort to support animal disease surveillance in Uganda, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) Germany in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), facilitated a five-day participatory disease surveillance training of 48 animal health experts in Uganda on 9-13 March 2020. Continue reading

Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?
Animal Health / Biotechnology / COVID19 / Data / Diagnostics / Disease Control / Zoonotic Diseases

Diagnostic tests for COVID-19: How useful are they?

PCR tests can accurately detect viral RNA in an individual only during the acute phase of the infection. After this short window passes, other tests are needed to determine if an individual has ever been exposed to the virus in the past. There is a critical need for these other tests, which detect antibodies made to specific viruses and other pathogens. These ‘serological assays’ complement the PCR test and are an essential tool in better managing the ongoing pandemic. Continue reading