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Dog Rabies Elimination in West- and Central Africa
The lives of humans who are bitten by rabid animals, mainly dogs, can be saved by timely application of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). However, many patients do not have access to PEP and tens of thousands of people die from clinical rabies each year. Dog rabies could be eliminated by mass vaccination of dogs.
Mass Vaccination of Dogs
In partnership with the Centre de Support en Santé Internationale (CSSI) and the Institut de Recherches en Elevage pour le développement (IRED), we are studying the dynamics of dog rabies elimination after mass vaccination applying meta-population, contact network and machine learning approaches in a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. We can show that over a specific time period, dog mass vaccination at high coverage combined with PEP is less costly than PEP alone. (Project No. 310030_160067).
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis at High Coverage
In another project funded by GAVI, we collaborate with Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS), the Laboratoire Central Vétérinaire in Mali and the above mentioned partners in Chad to estimate the burden of rabies in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Chad for planning of the provision of PEP at high coverage. Together with the Institut de Recherches Biomédicales (INRB) in Kinshasa, we have begun to study dog rabies in Matadi.
Integrated Control of Zoonoses
Together with partners from Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, and the Maya Council of Peten, we are looking into syndromic surveillance of zoonoses in Mayan communities in Guatemala under an SNF-funded research for development project (r4d grant: IZ07Z0_160919 /1). Additionally, we study, together with the National Centre for Zoonotic Diseases (NCZD) in Ulaanbaatar, the epidemiology and control of Cystic Echinococcosis in Mongolia with funding from WHO-TDR.
The Afrique One-African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence (ASPIRE) continues from the consortium ‘Afrique One: Ecosystem and population health: expanding frontiers in health’ as a beneficiary of the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS Africa) initiative.
Eliminating zoonotic diseases…
The focus of Afrique One-ASPIRE is on endemic zoonoses – diseases responsible for millions of cases of illnesses and several hundred thousand human deaths annually, considerable production losses and reduced food security worldwide.
…through capacity building in One Health
Building a world-leading pan-African research capacity in One Health science, the ASPIRE-programme has recruited more than 50 fellows (postdocs, PhD and MSc students).
…and a structured programme
- 5 thematic research training programmes from intervention to disease elimination
- training hubs and the Massive Open access Online Courses
- Research Governance, Management and Administration