Makerere University in Uganda and Mississippi State University are developing a coordinated surveillance system that would enable the risk assessment and reduction of diseases in Uganda and the surrounding region that endanger food security, trade and human productivity.

The partners are working to execute a plan to establish centers of excellence as focal points for this surveillance system. These centers will develop solutions in the area of assessment, communication and response to trans-boundary pandemic zoonotic and vector-borne diseases as well as endemic zoonotic and production-limiting animal diseases that jeopardize food security. Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Vector-borne diseases infect people primarily through blood-sucking arthropods such as ticks and mosquitoes.

The partnership objectives include:

  1. Establish a culture-centered approach to building a collaborative relationship between stakeholders in Africa and the United States
  2. Develop an integrated and coordinated surveillance system for zoonotic and vector-borne diseases
  3. Enhance the research of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases in Africa
  4. Create initiatives to build educational capacity and outreach

The partnering institutions were Makerere University and North Dakota State University from February 2011 to November 2013. The HED partnership has been transferred to Makerere University and Mississippi State University until 2015.

At a Glance

Partner Institutions:

Mississippi State University; Makerere University (2011)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Feb 2011–Jun 2015

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