Facing heavy rain, challenging roads and long days in the field, HALI team members Goodluck, Harrison, Zikankuba, Amani and Erasto recently visited 24 pastoralist households in villages near Ruaha National Park. Goodluck Paul, the field coordinator for HALI’s NIH TB project, discussed project goals with Maasai, Sukuma and Barabaig pastoralists, village executive officers, and human health clinic staff. Drawing on years of field experience, Harrison Sadiki, HALI’s PREDICT country coordinator, also trained team members on TB testing techniques for cattle, sheep and goats. HALI’s expanding TB research will include human, animal and environmental studies to increase understanding of zoonotic TB transmission in Tanzania.
After building more links with local communities, increasing conversations between human and veterinary health professionals, and learning the lay of the village lands, HALI project staff are excited to continue integrative health research in this unique environment.