Dr. Tenzin Tenzin joined the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Southern Africa on 1 May 2019 as programme officer and coordinator for the “Technical Support for Namibia in Eliminating Rabies in Dogs” project, which is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
Tenzin also holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
He also has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in epidemiology and control of rabies from the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia.
He developed technical expertise in rabies epidemiology and control, veterinary epidemiology, public health, zoonoses, one health, geographic information systems, data analysis and scientific writing during his PhD programme and post PhD field experiences.
Tenzin initiated mass dog vaccination campaigns against rabies and post vaccination monitoring along Bhutan-India border to create an immune buffer and cordon sanitaire, which resulted in reduced rabies outbreaks in dogs and human rabies deaths in Bhutan. As a result, Bhutan is now well on right track towards achieving zero human deaths due to dog-mediated rabies by 2030.
Tenzin took part in the revision of WHO Expert Consultation on Rabies (third edition) and was also involved in the WHO Rabies Modelling Consortium to synthesize evidence on access to rabies post-exposure vaccines and coordinated community-based dog bite and rabies contact tracing studies to support the GAVI Learning Agenda on Rabies.
Dr Tenzin Tenzin
Tenzin has a keen interest in developing programmes for the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases taking a One health approach. He is entirely familiar with the tools for the evaluation of the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS), the evaluation of implementation of International Health Regulation (IHR) 2005 through the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) and the Stepwise Approach towards Rabies Elimination (SARE tool).
Dr Tenzin takes over from Dr Andrea Britton, who left the position at the end of 2018 and is to assist OIE in the Southern African region to further expand a regional approach to dog-mediated human rabies elimination by 2030. He can be contacted at [email protected]