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Researchers from University of Zambia work with LIDC and partners on the development of a One Health Analytical Epidemiology curriculum

Dr Martin Simuunza and Dr Rosemary Ndonyo of the University of Zambia spent two weeks at LIDC, meeting with counterparts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) as well as the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), as part of the ongoing LIDC – SACIDS (Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance) partnership.
The main purpose of the visit was to discuss the development of a One Health Analytical Epidemiology course, in conjunction with researchers at LSHTM and RVC. The course will be taught at the School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia, bringing together knowledge of human and animal diseases into a fully interdisciplinary programme of study.
 
As a result of the visit, the outline of the curriculum and its contents were worked out. In the near future, the drafted curriculum will be presented to the Joint School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine Board of Studies and the University of Zambia Senate for approval.
Just before leaving, Rosemary and Martin had a chance to meet LIDC members at the bi-annual Members’ Event held at SOAS.
‘Our stay in London was very valuable. It presented us with a chance to discuss our  One Health Analytical Epidemiology curriculum with leading experts in epidemiology and curriculum design. – Martin said.
 
Rosemary added: 
‘The visit was highly innovative. I could learn and share knowledge on the techniques of developing the curriculum. The visit strengthened our interactions with various professionals of different expertise in the field of medicine and veterinary medicine. All the staff we met were willing to accommodate us in their busy schedules.
As a result, I increased my understanding of One Health and how it can be applied in our region. I also learned how teaching curricula are developed and how the quality of student training is evaluated at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The efficiency of LIDC in timely scheduling of our visit activities, accommodation within the vicinity of the University, with Internet facilities provided to us, really impressed me. Above all the entire hospitality of LIDC staff, LSHTM and RVC made our visit a homely and unforgettable event.’
SACIDS was established in 2007 ‘to harness innovation in science and technology in order to improve Southern Africa’s capacity (including human, financial and physical) to detect, identify and monitor infectious diseases of humans, animals, plants and their interactions in order to better manage the risk posed by them’. SACIDS involves five collaborating countries and is headquartered at Sokoine University of Agricultura, Tanzania. 
 
SACIDS works in ‘smart partnership’ with LIDC: LIDC (presently LSHTM, RVC and IoE) provides research, research management and training support to SACIDS members, which include Sokoine University, University of  Zambia, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, University of Kinshasha,  Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, NIMR Dar es Salaam, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary Laboratory, NICD South Africa, Stellenbosch University, ILRI Kenya.