The A4NH team is excited to congratulate our Flagship 3 leader, Delia Grace, on being awarded the 2014 British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Trevor Blackburn Award in recognition of her multiple outstanding contributions to animal health, animal welfare, and food safety in Africa and Asia.
The Trevor Blackburn Award recognizes contributions to animal health and welfare in a developing country by BVA members and was set up in memory of Trevor Blackburn who was president of the BVA 1984 to 1985, Commonwealth Veterinary Association 1988 to 1991, and World Veterinary Association 1991 to 1995.
Grace is a veterinary epidemiologist with nearly 20 years’ experience in developing countries. She leads the Food Safety and Zoonoses program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in addition to serving as leader for the Flagship on Agriculture-Associated Diseases of A4NH. The award honors her work with community health programs and research into public health and food safety; her pioneering work highlighting the benefits and risks of the engagement of women in livestock farming in developing countries; and the delivery of training and studies in numerous African countries.
On learning about Grace's award, Iain Wright, ILRI’s interim deputy director general commented:
“Delia is recognized as a global leader in research on food safety and zoonoses in developing countries... and having worked with community animal health care workers, she appreciates the realities of delivering animal health care services on the ground and brings this experience to bear in ensuring that her research is practical and relevant.”
Read more about Delia's award on ILRI's ag-health blog.