New funding for Soulsby Foundation

The Soulsby Foundation has recently been awarded a grant by the Alborada Trust ( of £25,000 each year for the next five years (2020-24). The Trustees plan to match this funding each year which will allow the Foundation to distribute around £50,000 on Fellowships each year.

The Foundation has received 26 applications for the 2020 Fellowships, a significant increase on last year, so this additional funding is most welcome.

The successful Fellows will be announced in June at the World One Health Congress in Edinburgh.

Diagnosis and eradication of PPRV in Tanzania

2018 Soulsby Fellow, Dr Camilla Benfield, shows the value of her Fellowship for the diagnosis and eradication of PPRV in Tanzania.

Professor Satya Parida, Dr Mana Mahapatra and Dr Camilla Benfield of The Pirbright Institute and The Royal Veterinary College were at Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance.

Video credits: Mpoli Pictures

An ecosystems view on PPRV, from Rome… Camilla Benfield reports

Delegates at the first expert meeting on PPRV at the livestock-wildlife interface, held at FAO Headquarters
Acknowledgement ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), whose mandate is to build a world without hunger, has set PPRV high on its agenda. Eradicating PPRV will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG1, to end poverty and SDG2, to end hunger. Removing the scourge of goat plague will enhance resilience of communities and empower women, who in many cultures are in charge of small ruminant farming.

Fellowships awarded for One Health projects on food safety, zoonotic disease and Alzheimer’s disease

Funds allocated to researchers conducting research around the Globe

Researchers working across the wide range of One Health have been awarded fellowship funds to allow them to travel to progress their understanding in their research areas.

Three fellowships, in total worth over £25,000, have been awarded to support research into food safety, the zoonotic disease – trypanosomiasis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The fellowships are awarded by the Soulsby Foundation –  a charity that supports researchers, particularly those early in their career, working on One Health topics.

Pathogens and policy in the post-truth era – Harriet Auty

Harriet Auty

Welcome to this blog – the first in a series that I will write over the next year. I am a veterinary epidemiologist based at SRUC in Inverness. Over the years my work has focused on a number of pathogens, but I admit to somewhat of an obsession for trypanosomes – parasitic organisms that cause serious disease in humans and animals, and the tsetse that carry them.

Pathogens, Pigs & Policies: Investigating food safety in the pork value chains of Nairobi – Lian Thomas

Lian Thomas

Nairobi is a city of juxtapositions, informal iron sheet housing sits in the shadow of expensive apartment buildings, expensive SUVs slow down to let cows, goats and the occasional pig to cross the road and international supermarkets share a street with informal street-food vendors.

This bustling city is an example of rapidly urbanising areas across the globe where a dynamic food system is striving to feed a growing population. There are many challenges in the formation of sustainable, secure and safe food systems and the concept of One Health is a tool that can help us in our quest to solve them.