Prof. Esron Karimuribo

Group Leader

Prof Esron currently serves as Director-Postgraduate Studies, Research, Technology  Transfer & Consultancy  & Associate Professor- Department of Veterinary Medicine & Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture.
He was the first postdoctoral research fellow at Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) from 2009 to 2011. His research focused on resource mapping and application of mobile technologies in infectious disease surveillance across human and animal health sectors. He also an Associate Professor at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania from 2012.
He graduated in 1995 with a veterinary degree from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania and in 1998 he was awarded a Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) degree of the same university. He worked as a research assistant attached to different research projects at SUA until 2000 when he was employed as an Assistant Lecturer.  He pursued studies at the University of Reading in UK and awarded a PhD in 2002. He became a Lecturer at SUA in 2002 and maintained this position until 2009 when he was promoted to a Senior Lecturer position.
In 2007, he was awarded an African Research Fellowship by Rothamsted International  and worked at Moredun Research Institute in Scotland (UK) for one year.Under the RF-funded project, Esron has collaborated with other key players in developing a one health surveillance strategy in three pilot study sites, namely the Ngorongoro, Kagera River Basin and Zambezi River Basin ecosystems. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed local and international journals as well as speaking in different local and international scientific conferences.

Research Projects Attracted and Managed

Ending Pandemics, United States of America. Phase 1.5 of the “Enhancing Community-based Disease Outbreak Detection and Response in East and Southern Africa”. Grant No. 17-41812, US $ 450,000. Project Leader. (March 2017 to May 2018).

Skoll Global Threats Fund, United States of America. SACIDS ICT tool development for enhancing community-based disease outbreak detection and response in East and Southern Africa. Grant Agreement No. 14-02688, US $ 450,000. Project Leader. (August 2015 to December 2016).

CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance). Organization of Inception Meeting and Technology Partner Support for SACIDS Mobile Phone. Grant No. 1010, US $ 164,032. Project Leader. (August 2015).

CORDS (Connecting Organizations for Regional Disease Surveillance).  Organization of an Epihack Tanzania 2014 Event to design digital solutions for improved disease surveillance in southern and east Africa using mobile and ICT technologies.  Grant No. 1003, (US $ 162,906). Project Leader. (November 2014 to February 2015).

European Commission Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme on ‘Enhancing Community of Practice in One Health for Infectious Diseases through Post-Graduate Training’. Grant No.2012-3166/001-001- € 1,993,925. Mobility Coordinator. (2012-2017).

NORAD-supported project through Enhancing Pro-poor Innovation in Natural Resources  and Agricultural Value Chains (EPINAV) programme on Increased market access of beef and milk from pastoral system through innovative value chain approaches in breeding, feeding and health in Kilosa and Gairo districts, Tanzania Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) 239,514,000 (equivalent to US $ 114,054.3). Project Leader. (2011-2015).

IDRC (International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada)-funded project on ‘Integrated Human and Animal Disease Control for Tanzanian Pastoralists Facing Settlement Challenges’ . Grant No. 107030-001, Canadian $ 1,462,100. Co-Principal Investigator (2013-2017).

The Rockefeller Foundation funded project on ‘Enhancing disease surveillance and response at point of outbreak/care in the animal and human health sectors of Southern and East Africa through the application of mobile technologies’. Grant No. 2009 DSN 305- US $ 899,530. Co-Principal Investigator. (2010 to 2013).

The Rockefeller Foundation funded project on ‘Analysis of Emergency Preparedness and Resource Mapping for emerging infectious diseases across human and animal health sectors’. Grant No. 2008 DSN 310-US $ 399,000. Co-Principal Investigator. (2009 to 2011).

ACP-funded project on ‘One Health National Networks for Enhanced Research in Infectious Diseases’. Grant Contract No. FED/2009/217075- € 935,850.  Co-Investigator. (2010 to 2012).

The Rothamsted International African Fellowship on ‘Molecular genetic investigation of mastitis resistance mechanisms in Bos indicus Maasai and Boran  cattle in Tanzania’. African Fellow. (Jan-Dec 2007).

International Foundation for Science (IFS) funded project No. B/3521-1 on ‘Evaluation of antimicrobial residues in milk and microbial resistance to the commonly used drugs in Tanzania’ (2004 to 2006). Project Leader.

UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded research project No. R7271 on ‘Optimising milk production in smallholder dairy farms in Tanzania (September 1998 to March 2002)’. PhD student and Field Coordinator

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Project(s): Enhancing community-based disease outbreak detection and response in East and Southern Africa
Publication(s): Drivers of disease emergence and spread: Is wildlife to blame? , The changing landscape for health research in Africa: The Focus of the Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases and Surveillance , The changing landscape of public health in sub-Saharan Africa: Control and prevention of communicable diseases needs rethinking , Mobile technologies for disease surveillance in humans and animals , Spatial Heterogeneity of Habitat Suitability for Rift Valley Fever Occurrence in Tanzania: An Ecological Niche Modelling Approach , A Smartphone App (AfyaData) for Innovative One Health Disease Surveillance from Community to National Levels in Africa: Intervention in Disease Surveillance