Rift Valley fever in Kenya: policies to prepare and respond

Millstone, Erik, Hannington, Odame and Okumu, Oscar (2015) Rift Valley fever in Kenya: policies to prepare and respond. Working Paper. The STEPS Centre, Brighton.

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Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic infection incompletely understood by scientists, pastoralists and policy makers. The irregular intervals at which outbreaks occur make it difficult for governments to develop and implement clear intervention strategies. This paper provides an evidence-based analysis of some of the conditions under which the risks posed to Kenya by RVF might be diminished. It is premised on the assumption that public policy-making on an issue such as RVF cannot be decided solely by reference to scientific considerations.The analysis was developed by studying the knowledge, beliefs and uncertainties about RVF, and the policies and preparations to respond to it, taking into account not only the extent and limits of scientific knowledge, but also the perspectives, knowledge and
beliefs about RVF among a diverse range of stakeholder groups.These include nomadic rural pastoralists, sedentary agropastoralists,government policy makers, expert advisors and local public officials. The paper aims to understand RVF policy-making and implementation by identifying these diverse perspectives, by assessing their congruencies and/or incompatibilities, and
estimating the extent of their influence upon policies and practices. It seeks to explore the conditions under which the diverse understandings are most likely to be mutually re-enforcing, and to appraise the upsides and downsides of alternative responses to the challenges of RVF.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 07:47
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 07:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53557

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