Livestock, Livelihoods and Health

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (known as zoonoses). Fieldwork is taking place in the Arusha region of northern Tanzania.

Natta Village Morning Milking - Sarah Cleaveland

Zoonoses affect the health of people and animals, can damage development prospects and add to the poverty burden of developing countries. The Livestock, Livelihoods and Health programme comprises three inter-connected research projects which seek to increase our understanding of:

  • The social, environmental and economic drivers of three zoonotic diseases – brucellosis, Q fever and Rift Valley fever – in livestock and people.
  • Zoonotic disease risk from meat, and especially from Campylobacter and non-typhoidal Salmonella.
  • The spread and control of brucellosis.

The aim is to provide the evidence base to inform new strategies for zoonotic disease control and elimination. 

The programme, led by the University of Glasgow, is funded under the Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) initiative between the UK Department for International Development, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.


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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning

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