Kelvin studies human and animal movement and ecological fators that affect Typanosomiasis
Kelvin Ngongolo has a Msc of Biodiversity from University of Dar-es-Salaam and a Bsc of Wildlife Health and Management from Makerere University. From 2008 to 2010 he worked with Salama Pharmaceutical company as a Medical Representative, from 2010 to 2014 he worked with Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) as Research Officer, and from 2014 to present he is working as Academician at University of Dodoma in the School of Biological Science. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. His specialization had been entomology, parasitology, and how the ecosystem and human activities are affecting their interaction. His current research work is on determining how ecological factors, livestock movement, and human activities can influence the prevalence of Trypanosomiasis in the Maasai steppe in Tanzania.
Linking Human Activities, Livestock Movement, and Ecological Factors with Vulnerability to Trypanosomiasis in the Maasai Steppe
Thesis Research Project
Tsetse flies are vectors of trypanosomes, which infect animals and humans in many parts of the world, including the Maasai Steppe. This study aims To understand the burden of tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis in cattle at the human-livestock - wildlife interface in Maasai Steppe of Tanzania. The findings accrued from the study will contribute the existing knowledge on 1) impact of ecology, animal movement, and human activities on prevalence of Trypanosomiasis and 2) development of control strategies.