Call for applications for support to regional or national participatory epidemiology organizations

The Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health (PENAPH) is a partnership of organizations and individuals that seek to facilitate the continued development and application of participatory methods in epidemiology. PENAPH partners include animal health and public health organizations committed to one health and ecohealth approaches. The overall goal of PENAPH is to enhance epidemiological services in the developing world by making them more representative of and responsive to the needs of beneficiaries.

PENAPH membership is global. During the first three years of operation, PENAPH has contributed to the development of expertise throughout the world and has had requests from Africa, Asia and South America to contribute to the development of local networks and organizations that seek to sustain participatory approaches to epidemiology within the professional communities in their region. Recognizing the importance of local initiative, PENAPH has taken action to meet this grass-roots demand.

The PENAPH – Empowering National and Regional Stakeholders Project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, provides financing to support up to three national or regional groups to undertake activities and solidify their organization.

Objective: To provide opportunities for national or regional groups to self-organize to carry out participatory epidemiology activities

Funding: Up to 3 applications will be funded. Maximum total budget per activity is 11,000 USD. Three thousand USD is available to support mentor involvement from one of the partner organizations. Co-funding of group activities from other on-going projects is encouraged.

Description: The proposals under this call should include activities that directly contribute to the self-organization of local partner groups that are eligible to become members of PENAPH. These activities can include group studies and/or workshops. One of the outputs must be a brief charter that describes the objective, membership and operating principals of the local partner. Existing organizations such as Universities, non-governmental organizations and regional organizations can propose to host the activity provided that a collaborative network approach is employed. The local organization can be informal (not a legal entity), however the financing arrangement will require either named individuals, or legal defined organization (such as a University) to take financial responsibility.

A mentor is defined as an experienced Participatory Epidemiology (PE) trainer from one of the PENAPH partner organizations who has overseen practical PE activities in the past. The role of the mentor is to provide guidance on proposal development, formation of the organization as well as design, implementation and analysis of any studies proposed. A separate fund is available to support developing country participation in the PENAPH Conference, so this does not have to be budgeted.

Examples of activities include:

  • Inception workshops for a local organization
  • Group PE studies that include formation of a local organization
  • Working meetings to define curricula, develop proposals, etc.

Other activities or any combination of the above is possible.

Application Requirements:

  • A local group and mentor team (Brief description of local group and mentor CV)
  • A brief description of the candidates training in PE including the organization that implemented the training, the length of the training, key topics covered and the amount of practical field work including in the training
  • The mentor comes from a partner organization and has demonstrated expertise in PE and group facilitation
  • A two-page concept note detailing objective, relevance to development context, a summary description of the organization to be formed, the activity proposed, methodology and outputs
  • A brief budget covering all costs requested from the project

Required outputs:

  • Brief report for presentation at the PENAPH Technical Workshop planned for December 2012
  • Brief organizational charter describing objectives, membership and operating principals
  • Report of workshop and or study activities

Review Criteria:


  • Previous completion of a full PE introductory training workshop by participants.
  • A mentor from a PENAPH partner organization

Primary evaluation criteria:

  • Qualifications of Trainee/Mentor Team
  • Quality of proposal
  • Relevance of study topic to development context
  • Feasibility
  • Level of mentor support


  • Value added to other PENAPH activities
  • Additional outputs proposed

Application Submission and Deadline:

Applications should be submitted to PENAPH through Jeff Mariner no later than February 24th, 2012. Submission should be made by E-mail to and include; PENAPH National and Regional Organization Application in the subject line. Receipt will be confirmed. Decisions will be communicated within one month of closure of the application period.

You can read more about PENAPH and see announcements at To assure prompt notification of regarding calls for proposals and workshop developments, PENAPH suggests those interested visit the website and follow the link ‘Join our online community’ to join PENAPH.

3 thoughts on “Call for applications for support to regional or national participatory epidemiology organizations

  1. This is a most welcome effort towards the institutionalization PENAPH at National and Regional levels including Nigeria.

    As I indicated in my comments to the PENAPH posting “Participatory Epidemiology in Animal and Human Health”, posted by Saskia Hendrickx on June 29, 2011; since 2004, Participatory Epidemiology/Epizootiology has been approved as part of the curriculum of our Masters degree programs ( MVPH, MPVM and M.Sc Epizootiology) at the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and personally I have since taught PE to about seven (7) set of Masters students, supervised six (6) Masters project that employed PE methods/tools and is presently supervising one PhD candidate using PE. In addition, I have presented six (6) PE work at local and international conferences and have six (6) PE journal publication.

    Building on the ILRI EDRSAIA PE/PDS capacity building exercise HPAI for veterinary personnel in several countries, it is laudable that PENAPH has got ahead with these Rockefeller Foundation sponsored projects.


  2. Dear Dr Olutayo Babalobi,

    Thanks for your kind comment. Its very encouraging to see PE incorporated into the curriculum at the University of Ibadan. I think it would be interesting for the PENAPH membership to now more details about how PE has been incorporated into the curriculum and how it is being used in the graduate student projects. There are several other schools moving down this road and others considering such an action. Tell us more. Are you a member of the online community (blog)?

    • Dear Jeff,
      You are virtually asking for my CV, which I gladly give to one of my pioneer PE mentors!
      I formally became a member of the online community in April 2011 even though my involvement dates back to November 26, 2007 when as a subscriber to, I got the posting that first informed me of the Participatory Epidemiology Network for Animal and Public Health (PENAPH) on my University of Ibadan email address. Subsequent email with the contact person RoseKellen Njiru of ILRI continued in 2008 while PENAPH was still being in place.

      My participation in the promotion, training and research application of Participatory Epidemiology (PE) and Participatory Disease Surveillance (PDS) dates from 2004 and was through Informal Learning, after some personal interactions with Dr Andy Catley. The main E-learning resources I used personally as well as subsequent trainees of my trainee postgraduate students were: i. FAO Animal Health Manual 10 – Manual on Participatory Epidemiology – Method for the Collection of Action-Oriented Epidemiological Intelligence ii. Andy Catley and Jeffrey Mariner (2001) Participatory Epidemiology: Lessons Learned and Future Directions Proceeding of a workshop held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 15th to 17th, 2001 iii Andy Catley (2004). Participatory approaches in animal healthcare: from practical applications to global-level policy reform. Participatory Learning and Action 50 2004
      iv. Catley, A. (2005). Participatory Epidemiology: A Guide for Trainers. African Union/Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources, Nairobi.

      Participatory Epizootiology (Veterinary Epidemiology) PE and Community Based Animal Healthcare CBAH are two course topics added to the Course PVM 711 Advanced Epizootiology (Veterinary Epidemiology, which is a compulsory course for the three Masters Programs – Master of Veterinary Public Health (MVPH), Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) and Master of Epizootiology ( MSc. Epizootiology) degree programs ran by the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, during the 2004 University wide Postgraduate Courses review of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria.
      At the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, where I lecture, the trainees are the postgraduate students offering any of the three Masters programs in the Department – MPVM, MVPH and MSc. Epizootiology; as well as any student (especially government employed veterinarians), who wish to apply PE/PDS for a MPhil/PhD or PhD programme.
      Taught as Participatory Epizootiology, the contents of the various aspects of the topic which I solely taught as a component of the compulsory course PVM 711: Advanced Epizootiology (Veterinary Epidemiology) for MPVM, MVPH and MSc. Epizootiology students of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria are as follows:
      – Review of the evolution and concept of participatory epizootiology – Participatory/clinical/laboratory diagnosis – Principles and paradigm shifts of Animal Health and Production development (Farming Systems-technical, social, cultural, economic and ecological) – Community Assessment and Participatory appraisal – Participatory Research terms :Rapid Rural Appraisal RRA, Participatory Rural Appraisal PRA Participatory Learning and Action PLA – Participatory Research tool: Institutional Mapping/Venn diagramming, matrixes, mapping, seasonal calendars and timelines, Community Inventory or Semi-structured interviewing, Focus Group Discussions, transect walks, wealth ranking – Participatory Epizootiology Methods: Animal Health Surveys, Needs Assessments and Action Plans, Monitoring, Impact Assessments and Evaluations, Ethno-veterinary studies, Participatory Disease Searching, Disease Modelling
      In addition, I supervised/ presently supervising the following PE-based postgraduate veterinary students’ project (MPVH, MPVM, MPH-VEP, and PhD) from 2004 to date:
      i. Dr. Idowu O.S. (2004): Participatory Epizootiology Research of Animal Health in Olunde Village, Lanlate, Oyo State Nigeria. MPVM project 2004.
      ii. Dr. Ogunwale Ibironke (2006): Participatory Appraisal of Livestock Diseases with Livestock-Keeping Women of Awotan, Ido LGA, Oyo State, Nigeria. MPVH 2005/2006
      iii. Dr. Idowu O.S. (2009): Community-Based Participatory Epizootiology Training in Nigeria. PhD proposal
      iv. Dr. Kareem, A. A. (2010): Matric No: 139670: A Participatory Baseline Survey of Rural Livestock Health Management Practices in Igangan Agro -Pastoral Zone, Oyo State Nigeria: The place of Community Based Animal Health Workers. MPVM Project
      v. Dr Awosanya A. E. J. (2010): Prevalence of Influenza A (H1, H3 & H5) in slaughtered pigs and pig workers in Lagos State, South West Nigeria. MPH-VEP Project (Co-Supervisor)
      vi. Dr. Morakinyo O. (2010): Participatory Appraisal of PPR in Iseyin Local Government of Oyo State. MPVM Project
      vii. Dr Nma Bida (2011): Participatory Epizootiological Study of Prevalence and Economic Impact Estimation of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in Niger State, Nigeria. MPVM Project
      viii. Dr Mariat Soleye (2011): Participatory Appraisal Survey of transboundary animal diseases in some Ogun State, Nigeria villages. MVPH Project
      ix. Dr. Morakinyo O. (2011): Participatory Appraisal of PPR in Oyo State”. PhD Proposal
      x. Dr Nma Bida (2012):Participatory Epizootiology of Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Cattle Herds In Niger State, Nigeria. PhD Proposal

      I have also delivered the following as Conference Proceedings:
      i. Ogunwale Ibironke and BABALOBI O. O. (2007): Community Based Participatory Epizootiology of Livestock kept by Awotan Women, Ido LGA, Oyo State, Nigeria. Proceedings, Scientific Session of the 44th Annual Congress of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Warri Delta State, Nigeria. Pp 293-296
      ii. BABALOBI O. O (2009): Application of Participatory Epizootiology approach to the monitoring and surveillance of Contagious Bovine Pleuro-pneumonia, an enzootic disease identified by settlers in a Fulani agro-pastoralist settlement scheme, the Igangan Grazing Reserve, Oyo state, Southwest Nigeria. Pre-ISVEE XII workshop- Discussing the Development of Methods for effective surveillance in Livestock Populations. August 6-8, Durban, Republic of South Africa,
      iii. BABALOBI O. O. (2009): Participatory Epizootiology Research of Settled Pastoralists of the Igangan Grazing Reserve, Oyo state, Southwest Nigeria. ‘Epidemiology Unplugged-Providing power for better health’: The Twelfth Conference of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE XII). 10 – 14 August 2009, Durban, South Africa
      iv. Kareem A. A. and BABALOBI O. O. (2010): Participatory Baseline Survey of Rural Livestock Health Management Practices In Igangan Agro -Pastoral Zone, Oyo State Nigeria: The Place Of Community Based Animal Health Workers. Presented at the 2010 47th Annual Congress of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association, Makurdi, Benue State. October 2010.
      I have the following as Journal publications:
      i. BABALOBI, O.O. and Idowu, O. (2005): ‘The Paradigm of Community-Based Participatory Epizootiology: A Review’. Tropical Veterinarian. Vol. 23 (3&4) 69-77.
      ii. Idowu O.S. and BABALOBI O. O. (2010). Animal Health Management Perspectives of Rural Livestock Farmers in Southwest Nigeria: The Place of Community Based Animal Health Workers. Nigerian Veterinary Journal, Vol. 31 (1), 26-36.
      iii. Ogunwale I. and BABALOBI O. O. (2010): Ethno-Veterinary Medicine Perspectives of Common Diseases and Health Problems of Livestock kept by Rural Women in South-West Nigeria: A Case Study. Nigerian Veterinary Journal Vol. 31(4) 255 – 262.
      iv. BABALOBI O. O. (2011). A Participatory Epizootiology Research of Settled Pastoralists in Igangan Grazing Reserve, Southern Guinea Agro-Pastoral Zone, Oyo State, Nigeria: First Report. Nigerian Veterinary Journal, Vol. 32. (1). 16-20.
      v. BABALOBI O. O. and Kareem A. A. (2011).: Participatory Baseline Survey Of A Case Study Rural Livestock Health Management Practice In Nigeria: The Place Of Community Based Animal Health Workers. Tropical Veterinarian. (In Press)
      vi. BABALOBI O. O., Bolajoko, M.B. and Anzaku S.A. (2011) : Participatory Disease Surveillance As Panacea To The Bane Of Animal Disease Under-Reporting In Nigeria: A Collaborative Report. Short Communication. Tropical Veterinarian. (In Press).
      Likewise, I have undertaken the following Workshop training lectures presentations during the October 2009 CDC/USAID/AFENET – NIGERIAN FIELD EPIDEMIOLOGY LABORATORY TRAINING PROGRAMME (N-FELTP) Zoonoses Outbreaks Surveillance and Management (ZOSM) Workshop, / NFELTP 2008 Cluster Set. 2010 held at the National Veterinary Research Institute NVRI, Vom, Plateau, State Nigeria
      i. Principles and Practice Of Community-Based Participatory Epidemiology in the Identification, Monitoring and Surveillance of Zoonotic Animal Health Issues
      ii. Zoonoses Outbreaks Surveillance and Management ZOSM: Participatory Epidemiology
      iii. The Role of Traditional Community-Based Participatory Epizootiology in Effective Animal Disease Searching, Reporting, Surveillance and Control
      iv. Three Important Human-Related Factors in Veterinary Epidemiology and Outbreak Investigation of Animal Diseases
      v. Introduction to the Role of Traditional Community-Based Participatory Epizootiology in effective Animal Disease Searching, Reporting, Surveillance and Control. Sub-Title: Participatory Epizootiology and Disease Surveillance.
      Thank you.
      Tayo Babalobi (DVM, MPVM, PhD: FCVSN), (On sabbatical leave with AFENET/ CDC Animal: Human Interface Project, Abuja, Nigeria). 30th January 2012.

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