James Akoko profileField Team Coordinator, UrbanZoo project-ILRI
James Akoko is a competent and dedicated Animal Health Specialist, with 9 years of research experience at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Skilled at planning and coordination of projects, management of project assets, data recording and report writing, and valuable experience in management of project finances. In addition, he has a proven strong leadership and interpersonal communication skills. He is a graduate of University of Edinburgh with a Master of Science in International Animal Health.
He is currently the field coordinator for urban zoonoses project, and is responsible for facilitating field activities of multidisciplinary, multi-partnered and complex teams from ILRI, University of Nairobi, African Population Health Research, KEMRI, FELTP, as well as Universities of Liverpool, London (RVC) and Edinburgh.
James is also very keen on understanding the epidemiology and control of neglected zoonotic diseases using One Health Approach. As a result, he is currently developing several research concepts and has conducted the following studies;
- Paper publication on Emerging Infectious Diseases; ‘ Outbreak investigation on Animal bites and Suspected Rabies in Laikipia County, Kenya’
- Prevalence and risk factors for porcine cysticercosis in pigs slaughtered at Ndumbuini abattoir in Nairobi, Kenya (Manuscript ready for publication)
- Serological surveillance of caprine brucellosis and Q fever in Western Kenya (advanced stage of manuscript writing)
- Several articles written in the Urban Zoo newsletters, and ILRI blogs
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