Kennedy Lushashi

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Vacancy: Research Scientist (2 posts)

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Kennedy Lushashi

Research Scientist

Mr. Kennedy Lushasi (MSc in Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology, at the University of Glasgow – Scotland (2015). He has strong interest in the ecology and epidemiology of infectious disease in particular zoonoses under the One Health platform. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) of the Project titled, “Progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania”, funded by the Wellcome Trust under the Master’s Fellowship scheme (Sept 2014-Jan 2017). The aim of his project is to use active surveillance approaches to investigate the transmission dynamics of rabies on Pemba Island whilst a large-scale dog vaccination programme is underway to gain a greater understanding of the dynamics of infection as the disease is driven towards elimination. He has also worked on the rabies surveillance project which uses mobile phones as data collection tools; and the Rabies elimination and demonstration Project under the World Health Organisation implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries; and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children since 2011. He coordinates field operations on the rabies surveillance in mainland Tanzania and Pemba Island. He conducts contact tracing, household surveys, and supervises surveillance activities and data collection using mobile phone technology. Furthermore, he is responsible for carrying out active surveillance activities including collection of tissue samples for laboratory diagnosis. A major part of this role is to liaise closely with district medical and veterinary officers, livestock field officers, public health workers, and community members to develop and implement mass dog vaccinations campaigns. Kennedy strongly believes Tanzania without rabies is possible, hence has been actively involved in the development of the National Rabies Control Strategy and Elimination Plan (2015-2030).

View Kennedy’s Research Interests & Publications


Assessing the progress towards rabies elimination from Pemba Island, Tanzania

Rabies: integrated surveillance and response systems in resource-limited settings

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