Maurice Karani is a Kenya veterinarian and epidemiologist. He has interests in epidemiology and economics of zoonotic diseases. He holds a master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health. He has 10 years of research experience working in the various research project, namely: the UrbanZoo project that aimed at understanding the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases at the human-animal-environmental interface across scales, the ZooLinK project that aimed at strengthening surveillance systems of selected zoonotic diseases, and a Fleming Fund project that aims to capacity build government to undertake AMR surveillance.
His Ph.D. research objects to quantifying the cost-effectiveness of Rabies control in Machakos County. He seeks to understand the historic health and economic burden in humans, use ecological methods to understand coverage of dog population during vaccination campaigns whilst using economic approaches to understand the cost-effectiveness of control programs. Maurice plans to test appropriate cost-sharing models for sustainable control and surveillance within the county and understand whether human health stakeholders feel engaged with such a program and their perception of benefit to the health of the population.
The fellowship is hosted by the One Health Research, Education and Outreach Center in Africa (OHRECA) led by ILRI.