As part of the project implementation, the CYSTINET-SUA project team visited six (6) selected districts where project activities are conducted. Assisted by the Cystinet-SUA team, Prof. Helena Ngowi (Project Leader), Mr Antony Nyerere (Network Programme Manager), Christina Kitundu (Project Accountant) and Kinyala Godson(project driver), the field /workshop was organized by Dr. Renatus Mkupas (Assistant Project Leader). Main facilitators were Prof. Helena Ngowi, Dr. Renatus Mkupasi, Chacha Nyangi (Ph.D student under project). The main contents of the presentation are available for more details.
A total of 156 local government officials and politicians attended the workshop conducted in districts including Mbulu and rural Babati districts (Manyara region), Mpwapwa district (Dodoma region), Mbinga and Nyasa districts ( Ruvuma region ) and Rungwe district (Mbeya region ). The council chairpersons/DEDs were responsible for formal officiating of the workshop in their district areas. Participants were selected based on the one health concept representation (involving different disciplines) their potential roles and who have direct responsibilities for cysticercosis , and practical experience in relation to the demand of the project.
OBJECTIVES OF MEETING/WORKSHOP
The main objective of the trip was to introduce the project and enhance stakeholder engagement in the effort to control and eliminate the T.solium cysticercosi.
Among others, the main objectives of the meeting were:
- Stakeholders’ engagement and expose critical information about the transmission of this zoonotic neglected disease, severe health disorders such as seizures and death, income loss resulting from TSCT.
- To Increase awareness of the local government officers and politicians about the solium cysticercosis , life cyle of the pork tapeworm and causes of the disease, economic and health effects, control and eliminate , prevention and treatments
- To introduce the Concept of one health and establish working collaborations with LGAs in fighting against the pork tapeworm.
One health does not concern only scientists. Its success relies on the involvement of several stakeholders such as policy makers, government leaders, politicians, human, animal, environment health professionals, media, students and communities. The workshops sensitized the participants and strengthen collaboration with the project team in particular.