Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye, University of Rwanda
Co-PI and collaborator institutions
Ndahetuye, J.B., Leijon, M., Båge, R., Artursson, K., and Persson, Y. 2021. Genetic characterization of Staphylococcus aureus from subclinical mastitis cases in dairy cows in Rwanda. Front. Vet. Sci. 8:751229. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2021.751229
Ndahetuye, J. B. 2019. Mastitis in dairy cows in Rwanda: Prevalence, aetiology, antimicrobial resistance, molecular epidemiology and effects on milk quality. Doctoral thesis. Uppsala, Sweden: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. https://pub.epsilon.slu.se/16465
This video, featuring an interview with Jean-Baptiste Ndahetuye, is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/vQ8mhOdtiQA (footage courtesy of the University of Florida Foundation).
Government of Rwanda initiatives such as Girinka have increased milk production from 185,000 tons in 2007 to 445,000 tons in 2013 and the annual milk production was projected to reach 650,000 tons by 2017. However, there are limitations in achieving the vision of high quality milk production. These include the lack of service providers and lack of research at different levels of the milk chain. Lack of research on dairy animal health and milk pre-and post-harvest best practices lead to significant qualitative and quantitative losses of milk. Lack of good quality milk hampers the efforts to fight malnutrition and can lead to public health hazards. The overall objective of the current project is to develop best practices that enhance dairy cow’s health and milk quality in the Rwandan dairy chain. Specific objectives include the following:
October 2020 research update NDAHETUYE VGM (Virtual General Meeting)
Ndahetuye, J.B., Persson, Y., Nyman, AK. et al. 2019. Aetiology and prevalence of subclinical mastitis in dairy herds in peri-urban areas of Kigali in Rwanda. Trop Anim Health Prod 51, 2037–2044. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11250-019-01905-2
This work was funded in whole or part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security under Agreement # AID-OAA-L-15-00003 as part of Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. Additional funding was received from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here are those of the authors alone.