Tech in Ghana 2020: Virtual Edition
speaker profile
Dr Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell
Dr Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell

Dr Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell is an epidemiologist with advanced, interdisciplinary skills and experience in the epidemiology of infectious disease control and elimination. Based in Australia at Ausvet, she works across the One Health spectrum to address health risks that emerge at the interface between human, animal, plant and environmental health.

She is Principal Investigator of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant to develop innovative approaches to crop pest and disease surveillance in Ghana. In partnership with Farmerline, Melanie and Ausvet have developed an innovative interactive voice response survey that supports smallholder farmers to report pest and disease problems affecting their crops. Farmers receive immediate feedback on the most likely diagnosis and low-cost management advice. In the background, the data is used to generate estimates of how common important crop pests and diseases are in the area, addressing a critical data gap and aiming to ultimately support improved crop pest and disease management at regional and national level.

Apart from her work in Ghana, Melanie also has a strong basis in regional health security, has conducted research and consultancies on malaria control and elimination, leads Fleming Fund projects on One Health surveillance of antimicrobial use and resistance in people, livestock and aquaculture in Southeast Asia, and has developed field epidemiology training modules for global programs.

Current position: Senior Consultant, Ausvet