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Serengeti Health Initiative

Serengeti Health Initiative


Preserving Wildlife and Providing Value to Local People




The centerpiece of the Serengeti Health Initiative is the carnivore disease project, which

incorporates wildlife surveillance, design and evaluation of vaccination programs, and

research on how wild animals, domestic animals, and humans interact. The program

focuses on the protected park area as well as the areas bordering the park that provide

homes to millions of people and domestic animals. The program recognizes that fluid

boundaries and close contact between domestic animals, humans and wildlife enable the

spread of disease, and is designed to protect animals and people in Serengeti National

Park from transmissible diseases.




The Serengeti Health Initiative aims to preserve the wildlife of the Serengeti region

while also benefiting local people. This collaborative conservation effort is dedicated to

building a better understanding of the Serengeti ecosystem that can help keep it healthy

and whole.


Scope Regional - Serengeti, Tanzania


Primary Funders


Lincoln Park Zoo, University of Glasgow, University of Minnesota, Princeton

University (through grants from the Wellcome Trust, NSF Ecology of Infectious

Diseases Program,, BBSRC and DfID) and Intervet


Participants & Key Collaborators


Primary Funders as well as University of Illinois at Chicago, National Institute of

Medical Research (Tanzania), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Tanzania

National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Ministry of Health and Social

Welfare (Tanzania), Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries (Tanzania).


Definition of One Health


None. The program's vision includes humans, wildlife, and domestic animals as

interrelated players for ecosystem health


Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy


An informal M&E strategy includes an annual review, which monitors progress against

key health indicators (vaccination coverage, human and animal rabies incidence, human

animal bite-injury data), cost-effectiveness of the program (including cost-sharing with

local authorities), professional development of staff (training Tanzanian vets and field

assistants), scientific outputs (publications, presentations) and broader outreach (e.g.

impact on national and international rabies policy and advocacy).

Targets include attaining a vaccination coverage of at least 70% in the dog population,

with the ultimate goal of rabies elimination in the Serengeti ecosystem.


Sources of Information



Contact Dr. Sarah Cleaveland

Professor of Comparative Epidemiology

University of Glasgow

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