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CoDE to join digital animal health innovation project in Africa, co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Surrey Business School’s Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) partnered last year with the Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive), Zoetis and the University of Surrey, to support the innovation and adoption of digital technologies in animal health. Now Professor Alan Brown, Executive Director of CoDE will be joining VHive's new A.L.P.H.A. project in Africa.  

CoDE is at the forefront of exploring the ‘ecology of technology’ and a key driver in e-health. The partnership aimed to link new science in animal health to technological opportunities represented by the Internet of Things (IoT) and other advances. This was a significant step forward in the veterinary world, and now in collaboration with Zoetis and the university, vHive have won funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BGMF) to launch the A.L.P.H.A. (African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement) initiative.

Professor Alan Brown, Co-Director of CoDE will be joining the A.L.P.H.A. project which will see vHive in Africa over the next 3 years, providing surveillance and digital innovation expertise to support Zoetis and the BMGF.

This is an initiative which seeks to holistically approach the development of a sustainable animal health market that will target farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa by mobilising the infrastructure, expertise and products currently available. Importantly, it aims to do this by improving livestock disease alleviation that will enhance small-holder farming productivity.

 

Find out more about how CoDE is involved with vHive