Duriya is a young veterinary professional that has obtained her BVSc at the Kazakh National Agrarian University (2011-2016) with a possibility to study meanwhile as a grantee at Wageningen University. In 2016-2018 she was studying towards her Masters degree and at the same time she was employed at Kazakh Scientific Research Veterinary Institute (KazSRVI) where she started off as a laboratory assistant, later becoming junior researcher and this year January being promoted to Head of Brucellosis Laboratory. During her first year of Masters, in the beginning of 2017, Duriya came to our unit as a visiting researcher for five months and worked on her topic entitled “Epidemiology of Brucellosis in Kazakhstan” under supervision of Prof. Torgerson. A large data set of the incidence of animal and human brucellosis in Kazakhstan from 2006 to 2016 was analyzed. The analysis also included the geographical distribution using GIS systems, trends in the temporal incidence and socioeconomic impact of the disease, including monetary analysis and human health burden in terms of Disability Adjusted Life Years.
During her 2 years of employment at KazSRVI she was involved in numerous projects regarding brucellosis control in Kazakhstan in cooperation with OIE, worked closely with Ministry of Agriculture to review and update LSD national control program in order to harmonize it with international standards, took part in OIE PVS field missions and attended several FAO, OIE meetings as an observer from Member Country.
In August 2018, Ms. Charypkhan had joined our unit as a doctoral student, working on a One Health project supervised by Simon Ruegg, where the goal is to identify the obstacles met during acquisition of a systems approach when transitioning towards an integrated approach to Brucellosis control in Kazakhstan.