Tackling tick-borne disease in Tanzania with low-cost animal sensing (TBD)

Project Details


Tick-borne disease (TBD) is a major economic and animal health/welfare concern across Sub-Saharan Africa. East Coast Fever alone is responsible for 1.1M cattle deaths and losses of $168M p.a. through mortality, veterinary-interventions, productivity losses (growth/milk) and poorer resilience to secondary infection. Current control relies on acaricide dipping, which is expensive and often inaccessible. Early intervention is essential to limit impacts of TBD, particularly within small-holder dairies where mortality in the more expensive exotic breeds is significantly higher than indigenous breeds. The project focusses on the application of low-cost sensing (ear-tags) for early-disease-detection to limit devastating impacts of TBD.
We will work with Taliri in Tanzania to help scope the following: 1) routes to market in Tanzania for low cost technology; 2) interest within smallholder dairy farms for a solution to TBD; 3) economic impacts of TBD in Tanzania and Sub-Saharan Africa and cost-benefit of technology use; 4) potential benefits (social, economic, environmental, health/welfare, sustainability).
Short titleWELL-COW
Effective start/end date1/09/2231/08/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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