Help support wildlife conservation and global health
Organized by: Tanja Zabka
EVENT DATE Jul 25, 2016
It is increasingly clear that understanding disease across species and geography is vital for protecting wildlife, domestic animal and human life. However, infrastructure and resources for investigating illness, especially in wild animals, are limited in many parts of the world. There is critical need to increase global training, diagnostic skills building and partnership formation to tackle conservation and global disease threats. Such endeavors will allow early diagnosis and mitigation of diseases, including those of conservation concern in endangered species like gorillas, and those diseases, such as ebola, yellow fever, malaria, or avian influenza, that can be transmitted between wildlife, domestic animals and humans.
We seek $900 to support an educational fellowship.
This funding will support training for Dr. Julius Okuni, a veterinary pathologist from Uganda, at a zoological institution in North America. Dr. Okuni is a Professor in Pathology at Makerere University and a diagnostic pathologist at the associated Central Diagnostic Laboratory of Uganda. The fellowship opportunity was created through the North American Pathology Network, and the funds are needed to support travel and daily expenses.
This useful one week fellowship will provide exposure to a broad range of case material and laboratory activities. Under the guidance of host institution staff, Dr. Okuni will participate in diagnostic activities, including autopsy, histopathology, molecular diagnostics, and clinical pathology. This type of developing partnership is a key to improving diagnostic output and case management in Uganda, as well as providing important insight into regional disease trends. The fellowship interactions will also strengthen collegial relationships and provide awareness of those activities that will best address collaborative efforts to create a successful and sustainable diagnostic wildlife and domestic animal (companion and food animal) pathology service in Uganda. Additionally, as Dr. Okuni is a Professor at Makerere University, the fellowship will positively impact the diagnostic training of students in the veterinary and pathology curriculum in Uganda, and the regional training of veterinarians in field diagnostic skills. The North American Pathology Network is a voluntary collaboration among 14 academic and non-academic, non-governmental institutional partners with established pathology and international veterinary programs. The general goals are to build pathology capacity internationally including: maximizing expertise and resources; fostering awareness of international opportunities; enabling pathology-related remote and in-country engagement; and creating and sharing educational materials. This capacity building provides a critical resource for Global Health initiatives, including improving equity in health worldwide and protecting against trans-boundary disease threats. This fellowship will help develop global partnerships in pathology and may ultimately facilitate our understanding of global disease threats. We hope you will help to support this international fellowship and thereby assist the development of Uganda’s pathology programs and our overall ability to understand and thereby protect animal and human health.