Veterinary Preventive Medicine faculty members, Drs. Rebecca Garabed (team lead), Jason Stull and Wondwossen Gebreyes as well as MPH-VPH student, Pallavi Oruganti, have just received a Connect and Collaborate Grant through the Office of Academic Affairs for their the concrete investigation of human-animal bond. This research explores the costs and benefits of human-animal interactions in rural children.
In developing countries, livestock are a source of income and nutrition that can improve food security and opportunities for households and children within them. However, diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of infant mortality in developing countries worldwide and is often zoonotic in origin or transmitted between humans and animals. With a better understanding of the complex interplay between the costs and benefits of different interactions with different species in different settings, local and international development organizations and health-care providers could provide recommendations on the most beneficial use of animals within a particular culture and context to improve the lives and health of rural children. Through a collaborative partnership between The Ohio State University and the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua in León, this research will develop tools to study this issue and put our findings into practice in rural populations around the world.
Funders for this research include Infectious Diseases Discovery Theme, Global One Health and Office of Outreach and Engagement as well as external partner Center for Demography and Health (CIDS) at the Autonomous National University of Nicaragua in León (UNAN-León).
The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program is designed to bring together multiple, available university and community resources and leverage existing community platforms to develop programs that achieve measurable, positive impacts in communities while advancing the scholarly goals of the university. This program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their respective public/private sector community partners who have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching, research and service activities benefiting the community with impactful, sustainable programs.
Read more about this program at: http://oaa.osu.edu/ccgrants.html.