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Distribution and ecology of cutaneous leishmania in southern Ethiopia: a basis for disease management


This PhD-study attempts to unravel the complex, poorly investigated eco-epidemiology of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) in southern Ethiopia. Using an ecological niche modelling approach, based on medical reports, combined with field work and molecular analyses, we want to identify the potential distribution of the infection (currently but also under changing environmental conditions) and investigate the diversity and epidemiological importance of possible reservoirs and vectors. The obtained insights will allow contributing to the design of sustainable disease management strategies.

Intervention type

VLADOC PhD Scholarships


01/11/2016 - 31/10/2020

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish supervisor Herwig Leirs
Local supervisor Simon Shibru Cheche
Local partner institution Universiteit Antwerpen
Local partner institution Arba Minch University
Budget € 145.086
Scholar Myrthe Pareyn