The Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (Ethicobots) project aims to tackle Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in Ethiopia, both directly and by addressing its broader consequences.
Ethiopia has the largest livestock population in Africa and an increasing BTB burden. There are major implications for those who work with and live alongside infected cattle and rely on cattle products for their livelihoods.
Ethicobots is a £2.9m multidisciplinary research programme funded by the Zoonoses & Emerging Livestock Systems research initiative. It combines partners in UK and Ethiopian institutions, including veterinary scientists, epidemiologists, geneticists, immunologists and social scientists.
Professor Henrietta Moore leads the social science component, investigating the consequences of BTB for prosperity and wellbeing in affected communities, including the implications for livelihoods, social cohesion, food security, health and management of disease.
Integral to both research threads will be the involvement of citizen scientists recruited from the local communities.global south