Survey Launched to Help Improve Family Health
Traveling by bicycle, community interviewers visit homes in Asembo, Kenya to learn
how animal and human disease impacts a family’s health, access to education, and
economic wellbeing. They will visit more than 1400 households four times each year
over several years to ask about their nutrition, family members’ health, household
assets, and health of their animals. They collect the data on a handheld computer,
or PDA, so that it can be sent back to Pullman the next day for analysis.
The goal is to reduce poverty and hunger and improve health and education.
“Animals are a major financial and nutritional asset for these families,” said Guy
Palmer, director of the Allen School. “When animals are healthier, families tend
to be healthier.”
A family in Asembo, Kenya
Vaccinate a Dog and Save a Child's Life
Dr. Felix Lankester at a Maasai boma
The WSU Rabies Vaccination Program reaches thousands of households each year. According
to the World Health Organization, more than 55,000 people die from rabies. Many
are children. The disease is easily preventable with regular dog vaccinations, or
by post-bite vaccinations within the first 24 hours after a person is bitten by
a rabid dog. But once symptoms appear, the disease is essentially always fatal.
The vaccination zone (a cordon sanitaire) in eastern Tanzania, an area of approximately
11,000 square kilometers around the Serengeti National Park, is now rabies free.
“Human incidence of rabies in the vaccination zone has been reduced to zero since
the project began,” said Dr. Felix Lankester, clinical assistant professor for the
Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. “The long-term goal is to use these
strategies and knowledge to develop other rabies-free zones and eventually link
these together to eliminate the disease.”