Ecology of Pathogen Transmission in Buvuma Islands



This project will generate knowledge on the current ecological environment of the Buvuma Islands with respect to interactions between non-human primates, humans, and domestic animals, while providing a framework in which to explore the potential for emerging infectious diseases in this island community of Lake Victoria.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The inhabitants of the Buvuma Islands live in close proximity to domestic animals and primates. The greater the extent of overlap between the non-human primate, human, and domestic animal ecosystems, the greater the risk of pathogen transmission across these species, and the greater the risk of an emergent infectious disease with deadly consequences.

How will this project solve this problem?

Forest fragment assays and transects, primate observation, human surveys and interviews, human-fragment observations.

Potential Long Term Impact

Generation of new knowledge for pathogen transmission ecology in southeastern Uganda, while providing a foundation from which to inform +50,000 island inhabitants of the risks and preventative measures against zoonotic infectious diseases.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $850

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $850 .  The original project funding goal was $1,000.

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Tawi Inc.

Arlington, VA, United States

Project Leader

Eric Obscherning

Executive Director
Madison, Wisconsin United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Ecology of Pathogen Transmission in Buvuma Islands
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