Perception of neglected zoonotic diseases among livestock owners in Africa: the One Health approach

  • Thys, Séverine (PhD Student)
  • Boelaert, Marleen (Promotor)
  • Dorny, Pierre (Promotor)
  • Dorny, Pierre (Promotor)
  • Gabriël, Sarah (Copromotor)

    Project Details


    Livestock owners in developing countries are most vulnerable for Neglected Zoonotic Diseases (NZD) and their risk behavior leads to more intense and complex transmission patterns. We hypothesize that via a bottom-up culture-sensitive approach, innovative control strategies can be developed that are better adapted to the local reality and more sustainable than current interventions. This doctoral project will assess cultural, cognitive and social drivers explaining people’s behaviour with regard to animal husbandry, zoonoses and their control. Through a mixed methods approach we will examine when, how and for which NZDs the ‘One Health’ intersectoral approach is an added value compared to conventional within-sector approaches. This doctoral project sets out also to explore in particular the possible contribution of the social sciences to better control NZDs and as such contributes to breaking the vicious cycle between poverty and poor health among livestock owners in endemic and epidemic areas in Africa.
    Effective start/end date14/10/1511/09/19

    IWETO expertise domain

    • B680-public-health