Friday, 21 September 2018

Ecology and Zoology

The Science Centre’s greatest strength lies in the highly supportive stakeholders’ work environment and the committed capable human resource. The Centre is particularly obliged to the Uganda Ministry of Health, the political and technical leaderships of Arua and Zombo districts local governments, and the health facilities staff and the communities participating in our studies and interventions.

The Division has since 2003 been working closely with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement plague ecology, epidemiology, diagnostics and surveillance programme in the plague endemic West Nile region of Uganda. UVRI/CDC center for research and control and prevention of zoonotic vector-borne diseases was set up in Arua, with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality.

The Division for Ecology/Zoology is headed by an Assistant Director. It undertakes research on the animals involved in the virus transmission cycles. The Division executes its roles through the following

  • Carrying out research on intermediate hosts (monkeys, rodents, ticks, bats, etc.)
  • Carrying out laboratory tests and keeping samples of specimens collected from the various intermediate hosts and humans.
  • Providing information geared towards prevention and control of zoonotic and vector borne diseases outbreaks.
  • Establishing and operating a coordinated, effective and productive ecology unit.


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