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
A family in Asembo, Kenya

Congratulations to Global Animal Health Pathway Students!

Heather Hergert and Kate Stevens received their doctorates in veterinary medicine (DVM) and were awarded a certificate in Global Animal Health on May 4, 2013. The Global Animal Health Pathway program, which was formally approved by the WSU Faculty Senate in April, provides veterinary students with experiential learning opportunities about the critical role animal health plays in global health, economic disparities, and the impact of disease control at the animal-human interface.

Katherine Stevens

Heather Hergert

Vaccinate a Dog and Save a Child's Life

Dr. Felix Lankester at a Maasai boma
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.”

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