The team and its role within CYSTINET-Africa

In the CYSTINET-Africa network, tasks for Tanazania I (SUA) are to develop, evaluate and implement a practical health education intervention package for prevention and control of T. solium cysticercosis and taeniosis (TSCT) in Tanzania.

FUNCTIONS OF SUA WITHIN THE CONSORTIUM:

  1. Development and adaptation of a low-cost, ready-to-use health education intervention package targeting village opinion leaders for the prevention and control of TSCT in Songwe (Songwe region) and Kongwa (Dodoma region) districts, southern highlands of and central Tanzania, respectively;
  2. Determination of the effectiveness of the community-adapted health education intervention package on the community’s knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAPs) and risk of porcine and human cysticercosis in Songwe and Kongwa districts;
  3. Development of evidence-based policy guidelines for locally adapted prevention and control of TSCT in Songwe and Kongwa districts.

 

Helena Aminiel Ngowi
Network Director & Principal Investigator
Dr. Ngowi is a specialist in veterinary public health and a consultant in health promotion approach to control T. solium cysticercosis/taeniasis (TSCT). Recently, she has explored whether school children can transmit health messages of TSCT effectively to the community, whereby she has employed a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods through a social science approach. Ngowi is the coordinator of the CYSTINET-Africa consortium. She is also the current secretary of a larger network named Cysticercosis Working Group in Eastern and Southern Africa (CWGESA).
Ernatus Martin Mkupasi
CO-Principal Investigator
Dr. Mkupasi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania. He is responsible for teaching public health and related courses at the university. He is also involved in supervision and mentoring masters and PhD students. His research interest is on control of neglected zoonotic diseases using One Health approach. He has worked widely on Bovine tuberculosis, Brucellosis and helminith especially cestodes in Tanzania. In CYSTINET-Africa consortium Mkupasi assists the consortium coordinator in communication position. In addition, he is the Assistant Project Leader at the SUA project level.
Ayubu Jacob Churi
IT Task Force
Churi is the Director of Centre for Information and Communication Technology (CICT) of Sokoine University of Agriculture. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the field of Information Systems, Decision Support Systems and Expert Systems. He has worked on Decision Support System for Improved Strategic Farm-Level Decisions under Climate Change. His research interest is on developing information systems for different uses such as student records and financial information. Churi is working with CYSTINET-Africa as ICT personnel for Tanzania I (SUA).
Chacha Joseph Nyangi
PhD Candidate
Nyangi is an Assistant Lecturer at Mbeya University of Science and Technology in the Department of Science and Business Management. He has worked in area of food safety especially mycotoxins in particular aflatoxins and fumonisins. With CYSTINET-Africa, Nyangi is a PhD researcher. His PhD work focuses on “Development and implementation of a locally adapted health education intervention package for the prevention and control of T. solium taeniasis/cysticercosis in Tanzania”.
George Isdory Makingi
PhD Candidate

George Isdory Makingi is a senior laboratory scientist and researcher working at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He obtained his BSc. in Biotechnology and Laboratory Sciences at SUA in 2007 and his MSc. in Applied Microbiology at SUA in 2012. Mr. George participates in many research activities concerning molecular epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases such as tuberculosis, brucellosis and rift valley fever in Tanzania. At the college, he is involved in planning and conducting practical training to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He joined the CYSTINET-Africa project in March 2018, being one of the three PhD students in Tanzania I (SUA). His research work focuses on the epidemiology and evaluation of effectiveness of health education intervention for control of human taenia solium infections in the Songwe and Kongwa districts, Tanzania.

Fredy Mlowe
Master Candidate
Fredy Mlowe is a veterinary surgeon graduated as a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) at Sokoine University of Agriculture in 2011. He currently works with the local government authority at Ileje district council as district veterinary officer. He worked on treatment options of taenia solium cysticercosis infected pigs as part of his BVM studies. After that, he has been doing extension work to educate communities about the control of the parasite and other zoonotic diseases in his working area. He joined the team of Tanzania I (SUA) of the CYSTINET-Africa project in October 2018 for his master studies. He intends to work on taenia solium cysticercosis/taeniosis, specifically analysing the efficiency of available diagnostic capacities and the disease reporting systems in Tanzania.
Christina Wilson
Senior Laboratory Technologist
Christina Wilson is a senior laboratory technologist under the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Parasitology and Biotechnology of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania. She has worked on molecular characterization of the BoLA-DRB3.2 gene of zebu cattle of Tanzania during her master studies. Her duties at the college include planning and conducting practical training in the sections of Microbiology for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and also providing technical assistance in research conducted in the department. She joined the CYSTINET-Africa project in March 2018, being one of the three PhD students in Tanzania I (SUA). Her research focuses on the evaluation of a community-based health education package for the control of porcine cysticercosis in Tanzania.
Fatna Kivava
Laboratory Personnel
Fatna is laboratory personnel with a certificate of Veterinary Laboratory Technology. She attended field practical training at Tanzania Vaccine Institute (TVI-Kibaha), dealing with the production of vaccines such as the Newcastle disease virus vaccine (NDV-I2) and Anthrax vaccine, advancing her laboratory skills in terms of bacteriological and virological aspects. She worked as a laboratory assistant technician at Salibaba Pellets Co. Ltd for two years, being responsible for sampling, preparation and proximate feed analysis of poultry feeds with the aid of near-infrared spectrophotometry technology. She joined CYSTINET-Africa under Sokoine University of Agriculture on February 2019 as a laboratory attendant. Her duties align with the project's analytical phase of sample collection, laboratory testing and in-laboratory activities.
Antony Nyerere
Program Manager
Antony Nyerere is a holder of MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics. He has worked as a Researcher in Agricultural and Rural Development project dealing with modeling of food crops supply responses in Tanzania. Thereafter he joined USAID Kizazi Kipya project as technical service coordinator. His area of interest is Project Planning and Management. He is an expert in strategic planning, monitoring, impact evaluation, reporting, resource management, and quality and risk management, entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also skilled in managing multi-disciplinary and cross functional project teams. His leadership style focuses on engaging team members to communicate dynamically, solve problems and deliver high quality solutions while providing continuous growth and improvement. He joined CYSTINET–Africa Consortium since February 2018 as a program manager at network coordination office based at SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania.
Christina Kitundu
Project Accountant
Christina is a graduate in Commerce and Accountant. She has worked with Sokoine university of Agriculture on temporary employment for five years being involved with budgeting, expenditure control and preparation of financial statements. She joined CYSTINET – Africa Consortium since February 2018 as a full-time project accountant in the Tanzania I project based at SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania. Her responsibilities are to maintain and update accounting records, verifying and processing requests for payment and purchase. She is also responsible for preparing project financial documents as per GIZ guidelines as well as other tasks that he may be assigned.
Kinyala Godson Lyandala
Driver
Kinyala attended oldinary secondary education before joining driving training college. He has been working with private transportation company for more than five years. He joined CYSTINET – Africa Consortium Tanzania I since February 2018 as a full-time project driver based at SUA, Morogoro, Tanzania.