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Ernatus Mkupasi (4th in the top photograph) introduced the CYSTINET-Africa Consortium at Tanzania Veterinary Association (TVA) Annual Scientific Conference held on 5th – 7th December 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. He introduced CYSTINET-Africa to a large audience composed of veterinarians from all over the country, academicians, researchers, government officials and other key stakeholders from within and outside the country. The one health approach and community participatory were emphasized as key in implementation of the project activities. ...

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In the last week of November, Jan in his role as IT Task force leader went to Tanzania and visited the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).
During his visit a new server for medical data collection has been setup and the process of digitalising medical questionnaires has been started.
In addition, the team composed of Bernard Ngowi, Ayubu Churi, Ayubu Maasai, Jacob Lema, and John Mduda worked hard on refining the workflow of the medical studies.
This should allow the use of barcode scanning and retrieving mechanisms to follow up on patient data and help reducing errors during the clinical trails ahead.

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The CYSTINET-Africa network represented by their PIs has travelled to Addis Ababa to take part in the Networking event for “Research Networks for Health Innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa”. Dr. Chummy Sikasunge and Dr. Bernard Ngowi on behalf of CYSTINET-Africa have introduced CYSTINET-Africa and their networking as well as policy plans, respectively, to a large audience composed of researchers, government officials and other key stakeholders. The meeting aims at bringing researchers and stakeholders/politicians together in order to share knowledge/experience and thereby paving the way to successful policy making and sustainability. In that sense CYSTINET-Africa through its presenters has emphasized repeatedly the one-health aspect of CYSTINET-Africa, its prominent IT component including the Virtual One-Health Centre and its leverage through other funded networks such as SOLID (EDCTP and BMBF) and DigI (Norwegian Research Council). During later discussions “policy research” within the respective health networks has been discussed as a potential approach and way forward, planting the seed for policy and sustainability. ...

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On the 24-25th of October 2017, the final CYSTINET-Europe conference took place in Athens at the Hellenic Pasteur Institute. Several members of the CYSTINET-Africa partners Germany I and II as well as Tanzania I and II participated actively.

Among the invited speakers was Dr. Hélène Carabin (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA) - one of our scientific advisors - giving an excellent talk about “10 years of research on cysticercosis in Burkina Faso using the One Health concept”.

Dr. Helena Ngowi (director of CYSTINET-Africa) and Prof. Andrea Winkler (co-director) presented CYSTINET-Africa activities to the audience. Partner Sambia (Dr. Evans Mwape) also gave an interesting talk

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Helena Ngowi introduced the CYSTINET-Africa Concortium at ECTMIH 2017 apllying our six pillars of the project: Human health, Animal health, Community livelihood, Capacity building, Policy development, Networking ...

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