Forming, storming and norming your way into one health: The Gombe case study

Tiffany M. Wolf, Jessica R Deere, Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf, D. Anthony Collins, Thomas R. Gillespie, Karen Terio, Carson M. Murray, dmjungu@janegoodall or tz Mjungu, Shadrack Kamenya, Dismas Mwacha, Jane Raphael, Iddi Lipende, Jared Bakuza, Baraka Gilagiza, Marissa S Milstein, Christopher A. Shaffer, Michael L. Wilson, Kate M. Detwiler, Dominic A Travis

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Multidisciplinary approaches are critical to address the increasingly complex issues at the intersection of nonhuman primates and neglected infectious diseases. In this chapter, we use the Gombe Ecosystem Health Project in Tanzania to demonstrate how team science can be launched to tackle complexity in health. The diverse interactions among humans, nonhuman primates, and domestic animals within and outside the park highlight the need for collaborative research in order to thoroughly understand the role of monkeys in pathogen transmission. We offer three steps for the creation of a multidisciplinary team that can perform research in the context of ecosystem health: (1) problem formulation and conceptual mapping, (2) stakeholder consideration, and (3) team formulation and practice. This case study illustrates the expansion from a "Chimpanzee Health Project" to an "Ecosystem Health Project" that was only successful through the use of multidisciplinary team science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeglected Diseases in Monkeys
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Monkey-Human Interface to One Health
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783030522834
ISBN (Print)9783030522827
StatePublished - Dec 14 2020

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  • Baboons
  • Ecosystem
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