The Tuberculosis and Brucellosis (TB&BR) Research Programme (RP) comprises research and diagnostic activities which promote the development of new knowledge which is both internationally and locally relevant to human health and livelihoods, animal health and wildlife conservation.
Research activities are structured to address the following key themes surrounding tuberculosis and brucellosis at the wildlife/livestock/human interface and are primarily integrated and enhanced with postgraduate student training at MSc and PhD levels.
The availability of validated and ‘fit-for-purpose’ diagnostic techniques has been recognised by the TB&BR RP as a backbone not only for effective disease surveillance and control. The provision of a unique, high quality diagnostic service to stakeholders who depend on it for achieving their goals paves the way for building networks beyond borders and associated benefits for research. Access to diagnostic materials and information generated from them can be used as an effective mechanism to identify and promote targeted research on specific knowledge gaps which remain hidden otherwise.