Ruaha water buffalo herd

HALI Project

The Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) Project is a collaborative research and capacity-building program investigating the interactions among humans, animals, and their shared environments in Tanzania. 

The HALI Team

An international team of researchers, professionals, students, volunteers and community members, HALI is led by Dr. Jonna Mazet, Dr. Woutrina Smith, and Professor Rudovick Kazwala, faculty of veterinary medicine and public health, Sokoine University of Agriculture. Meet the team here.

Our collaborators include the University of California San Francisco, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Vermont Gund Institute, University of New Mexico, University of Warwick, Tanzania National Institute of Medical Research, Tanzania National Parks, Friends of Ruaha Society, and Wildlife Conservation Society Ruaha Landscape Program. 

USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats - PREDICT Project

HALI is conducting wildlife disease surveillance and developing an early warning system for "high risk" viral pathogens that could move between wildlife and people as the implementing partner for the PREDICT Project in Tanzania. PREDICT's risk-based approach to wildlife disease surveillance is supported by cutting-edge molecular diagnostics that screen for new and emerging viruses at the viral family level, greatly enhancing the probability of detecting new viruses that may pose a threat to animals and people before they emerge to become global pandemics.

NIH - NIAID One Health Project

HALI is working to improve tuberculosis surveillance, management and control in herds and households in the greater Ruaha Ecosystem.  This National Institutes of Health project integrates animal health and public health teams from UC Davis, Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Warwick, and the Tanzania National Medical Research Institute to investigate tuberculosis disease transmission among people, animals, and the environment in villages and pastoral areas.

USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab Collaborative Research: Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change

HALI is partnering with rural pastoralist communities to evaluate the impacts of education on livestock health, maternal and child nutrition, and livelihoods in the Ruaha ecosystem. To reach pastoralist households in remote areas, our team is integrating a mobile phone-based disease reporting and education system. In addition to our collaborations with district and regional health officials, village extension officers, and university partners, we have teamed up with the Friends of Ruaha Society, a local environmental education organization to bring climate change and health messages to primary schools.

This project builds on HALI research conducted from 2006-2009 through the Global Livestock Collaborative Research and Support Program, which characterized zoonotic disease transmission between humans, animals (including wildlife) and the environment, and investigated the impacts of disease transmission on livelihoods and human health in the Ruaha ecosystem.

For more information on the HALI Project, please visit their website.