Successful animal disease control using interdisciplinary approaches

Duration of the project

01.06.2020. - 29.12.2020.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Veterinary Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health

Project Manager

Prof. Alvydas Malakauskas

Project goals

Better understanding of perceptions of Lithuanian hunters regarding the control of African swine fever in wild boars and increased competence in participatory epidemiology methods of veterinary researchers in Lithuania

Main activities and venues

Two researchers from LSMU were trained in participatory epidemiology at the FLI. Further questionnaire and participatory studies on hunters’ attitudes and perceptions about measures to control African swine fever in wild boar in Lithuania have been implemented. The questionnaire study was done via internet and by hunting associations in Lithuania, the participatory study was achieved through direct discussion groups meetings with hunters who volunteered to participate in the study. Later study meetings were held in places selected by the hunters in different counties of Lithuania. Online meetings have been held for the discussion of the results with representatives from The State Food and Veterinary Service of Lithuania, hunters and Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania.

Direct and indirect target groups

Direct: Lithuanian animal health professionals 8, Lithuanian hunters – 45, other stakeholders and decisionmakers within the ASF control network 15, and 3 students at FLI.

Indirect: Expected number of hunters cannot be estimated properly, but the results of the study were provided to all hunter associations in Lithuania (approx. 30 thousand members) and to veterinary personnel in territorial departments of the State Food and Veterinary Service.