CLINICAL PROJECTS IN ONE HEALTH

CONCEPT

The ‘One Health’ approach in conservation research and management acknowledges the inextricable links between people, domestic animals and wildlife. The interface between humans, domestic animals and wildlife is interwoven, complex and particularly intense in Malawi where wildlife and human populations live in close proximity, creating ample opportunities for disease transfer. Understanding disease at the human-domestic-wildlife interface is therefore critical to both conservation and human health.

Our Clinical Projects in One Health (CPOH) programme focuses on diseases of special zoonotic (animals-people), anthroponotic (people-animals), and economic concern. Information acquired through our targeted research projects and passive disease surveillance informs wildlife management and helps direct veterinary care and human health interventions. Our work also leads clinical interventions – where a particular need is indicated – and directly informs LWT’s rehabilitation, testing and treatment protocols. Being a multidisciplinary project, CPOH is managed by LWT’s Head Veterinarian and supported by the Research Manager and a Community Outreach Officer.

Resident zebra
Field research with volunteers
warthog
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 LOCATIONS

CPOH is headquartered in Kuti Wildlife Reserve, however, in the past we have worked with students in developing research projects at our other research stations and at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre.

Kuti is a 2000 hectare protected area with a diverse and prolific wildlife population. It is surrounded by farming communities and has a long history of community engagement. Having none of the ‘big five’ makes for much safer fieldwork, and students will have the opportunity to get to know Africa’s lesser-known wildlife species, such as bushbabies, genets, civets, hornbills, pythons, and more than ten species of antelope, not to mention zebra, warthog, and giraffe.

 

VET EXTERNS AND RESEARCH STUDENTS

CPOH uses a hands-on learning approach where participants learn and gain valuable skills by working directly on important conservation research and monitoring tasks. Precise activities vary based on time of year, priority and reserve requirements. For these reasons participants are not guaranteed to take part in all activities. If you have a specific interest in particular techniques or aspects of our work please contact placements@lilongwewildlife.org. Research students interested in the CPOH programme should contact us to explore what projects are currently being undertaken and what research gaps need to be addressed.

 

PAST STUDENT PROJECTS

2019. Strongyloidiasis in wild vervet monkeys (Chorocebus pygerythrus) in and around Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Love Kaona. BVM, Veterinary Medicine. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

2019. Isolation of African swine fever virus from Ornithodoros moubata and their distribution in central Malawi reveals no expansion of the enzootic region of the disease. Vicky Hillman. BSc in Biology. University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

2019. Baboon parasitology and co-existence. Stephanie Fernandes. Internship in Public Health. New York University, Collage of Global Public Health, United States of America.

2019. African Swine Fever. Katherine Brinkworth & Siobhan Wilson. Internship. University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, Scotland.

2019. Human-baboon co-existence in Kuti Wildlife Reserve. Iva Stoykova. Internship in Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology. Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.

2017. Stress and parasitism in translocated vervet monkeys. Carly Senst. MSc in Tropical Ecology. Norweigan University of Life Sciences, Norway.

 

PARTNERS

  • Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife
  • Kuti Wildlife Reserve