The Factos Contributing to Utilization of Information Communication Technologies(ICTS), in Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases(TADS).The Case of Uasin Gishu , Kajiado ,Nandi and Trans Nzoia Counties of Kenya
Research has established that nearly two-thirds of human pathogens are zoonotic and, of greater concern, nearly three-quarters of emerging and re-emerging diseases of human beings are zoonoses (Woolhouse and Gowtage 2005). Common examples of emerging diseases include Avian Influenza (AI), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), West Nile virus, Nipah virus, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). However, Kenya and Eastern Africa, faces the threat of common TADs such as Rift Valley Fever (RVF), Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), Rabies and H5N1 all of which are considered a risk to both humans and livestock, notwithstanding the destruction to fragile livelihoods. There is inadequate level of awareness and information disseminated across local communities and general public on the risk TADs pause to local communities in Kenya. On the other hand, technologies and information for control of TADs are confined to service providers, researchers and change agents. The purpose of this study was to assess the factors which favor utilization of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for management of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs). The study targeted livestock keepers and community based stakeholder across Uasin Gishu, Kajiado, Nandi and Trans Nzoia counties of Kenya.