Tag: Tanzania

Shaky sheep, tapeworms and ‘ormilo’: Investigating a neurological syndrome of small ruminants in Tanzania

Maasai pastoralist livestock keepers in northern Tanzania have become increasingly concerned about a disease that is causing strange behaviour in their sheep and goats – a disease these animals are eventually dying from. Anecdotal evidence suggested that a dog tapeworm could be the cause, but more research was needed. Last year, PhD student Ellen Hughes travelled to Tanzania to investigate the epidemiology and causes of this important threat to pastoral livelihoods and food security.

Episode 64: Battling the Bugs – the search for creative solutions to mosquito control

Malaria – a disease transmitted between people by mosquitoes – remains a major cause of death globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. While recent efforts to control mosquitoes have been very successful in reducing malaria, particularly insecticide-treated bed nets, mosquito populations seem to be persisting. In this episode of Naturally Speaking, editors Ellen Hughes and Taya Forde are joined by Institute […]

Episode 50: IBAHCM’s March Highlights

The Naturally Speaking editors gather to discuss new research from the Institute and highlight some of their favourite things from the month of March.

Episode 43: Living with anthrax in Africa

What is life like in an anthrax-endemic area of Tanzania? Join our anthrax research team on a journey to Maasai communities of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Getting there is half the battle

Some things never make it into a journal article. In an Institute such as ours the path to a good paper is often—literally—covered in mud. In coming posts we hope to bring you more tales of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the field research conducted by our staff and students; however, there is that old adage about pictures saying […]

The Serengeti at a crossroads

Is there a better option to paving a highway through the middle of the Serengeti and disrupting the greatest land migration on Earth? The conflict between conservation and development is something we have touched on at Naturally Speaking before—here at the Institute our researchers understand that a fine balance between the two must be achieved. However, when Dr Grant Hopcraft, Prof. […]

Tracking bugs and beasts in the Serengeti National Park

App developers are used to debugging software, which is a tough enough task at the best of times. But when the bugs are the size of your hand, and bite, you know you’re in new territory. In Naturally Speaking reports this week, we find out about a project to develop a mobile app that translates research data into a citizen […]