Pharma to Farmer: Field Challenges of Optimizing Trypanocide use in African Animal Trypanosomiasis

Shauna Richards, Liam Morrison, Steven J. Torr, Michael P. Barrett, Oliver Manangwa, Furaha Mramba, Harriet Auty

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Abstract

Trypanocides are a key control component of African animal trypanosomiasis (AAT) in tsetse-infested areas of sub-Saharan Africa. While farmers are dependent upon trypanocides, recent research highlights inappropriate and ineffective use, problems with drug quality, and treatment failure. There are currently gaps in knowledge and investment in inexpensive AAT diagnostics, understanding of drug resistance, and the effective use of trypanocides in the field. Without this important knowledge it is difficult to develop best practice and policy for existing drugs, or to inform development and use of new drugs. There needs to be better understanding of the drivers and behavioural practices around trypanocide use so that they can be incorporated into sustainable solutions needed for development of effective control of AAT.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Parasitology
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Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021

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