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A former PhD Student supported by AFESD ICARDA Fellowship Program conducted a training on the use of Open Data Kits in Animal Health Surveys

Former PhD Student Mediha Khamassi Khbou supported by the AFESD ICARDA Fellowship Program recently conducted a 

Training Course on

Using Open Data Kit (ODK) in animal health surveys

26/27 & 31 Jul, 2018

Tunisia,  Sidi thabet

Organized by

Manouba University, National School of Veterinary Medicine of Sidi Thabet

Funded by

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDA



Open Data Kit is useful tool for data mobile collection in animal health surveys. It’s used by thousands of users through the world, also adopted by WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). ODK requires smartphone or tablet, and its big advantage is that it works in remote regions with no Internet connection.


A total number of 34 participants (17 males and 17 females) from Tunisian and Algerian institutions participated to the training: National School of Veterinary Medicine of Sidi Thabet (NSVM), The Institute of Veterinary Sciences of Constantine (Algeria) (IVSC), The Higher School of Agriculture of Mograne, Tunisia (HAS), The General Direction of Veterinary Services (GDVS), The Institute of Veterinary Research of Tunisia (IVRT) and The National Centre for Zoosanitary Vigilance (NCZV).     Globally, the course targeted veterinary epidemiologists and agronomic engineers working in animal health field, specifically in designing and performing questionnaires to collect animal and herd data.


The course was successful in reaching its specific objectives and much appreciation was expressed by the participating trainees. The course was a forum for very fruitful and constructive discussions and was enriched by the different institutions cases (second session) which were presented by the participating trainees. In the post-course, it looks very clear that a network of knowledge sharing is already being established between the trainees with a support from NSVM scientists.