This ICTTD concerted action project has the following main objectives:
* Utilise results of several ongoing INCO-DC research projects on the control of tropical tick-borne diseases of livestock.
* Contribute towards increased livestock productivity and therefore improved living conditions in developing countries.
The specific project objectives are:
* Contribute to the development of improved vaccines against tick-borne diseases. Ultimate aim is to replace current infection and treatment methods and attenuated vaccines, which use live parasites, by inactivated or defined sub-unit vaccines.
* Contribute to the development of improved ELISA and PCR diagnostics. Recombinant antigens for the diagnosis of tick-borne diseases are being produced, standardized and validated through interlaboratory studies. DNA probes and PCR technology for the detection of parasite DNA sequences in blood samples or ticks will be developed further and adapted to specific regional needs.
* The economic impact of ticks and tick-borne diseases on subsistence and higher production livestock economies will be studied and strategies designed for optimal control on a cost-recovery basis.
The ICTTD concerted action project has created a large international network of researchers on ticks and tropical tick-borne diseases. It is expected that such a global Network will contribute to solving some of the main problems associated with these diseases by integrating improved controls methods within a sustainable animal health policy in developing countries.
The following activities have taken place:
* Over 130 associate members have been registered, mainly from developing countries, in addition to the original 24 laboratories with 42 participating scientists from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
* Short term exchange visits, workshops and meetings have been conducted and are planned for the future.
* Three issues of a Newsletter on Integrated Control of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases have been published and are distributed free of charge.
* A WWW homepage has been established, with an electronic version of the ICTTD project Newsletter on the internet at http://www.ruu.nl/tropical.ticks.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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1111 Khartoum North