Setting Research Priorities for Zoonoses Control

Setting Research Priorities for Zoonoses Control: A Multi-Country Priority Setting Study

Project Brief
  • A priority-setting study was undertaken in 7 countries: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal (Asia); Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa (Africa); and Belgium (Europe) to identify the priority gaps in the knowledge needed for the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases.
  • The Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative (CHNRI) approach, modified to suit zoonoses priority-identification, was used.
  • Severine Thys, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Manish Kakkar, Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Pranab Chatterjee, Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Vivek Kattel, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal
  • Chandika Gamage, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Wayan Tunas Artama, University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Greg Simpson, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Fabiola Quesada, Wild Spirit, South Africa
  • Richard Akuffo, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Yitagele Terefe Mekkonen, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
My Role Senior Research Associate

  • Development of protocol for priority setting at the national level; worked with the country investigators to adapt the protocol for the country-specific contexts
  • Development of training guidelines and conducting training program for the country investigators to familiarize them with the tool.
  • Provided support to the country investigators in data cleaning and analysis
  • Quality control of data collection processes
  • Data analysis and interpretation with country investigators
  • Drafting reports
  • Manuscript writing
Project Period August 2015 – July 2017
Funding Details ITM, Belgium, provided funding support through the Strategic Network of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Zoonoses (SNNDZ). They provided each investigating team with 4,000 € and funded all training programs.
More information Sekar N, Shah NK, Abbas SS, Kakkar M; Roadmap to Combat Zoonoses in India Initiative. Research options for controlling zoonotic disease in India, 2010-2015. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 25;6(2):e17120. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017120.