• 1. IDENTIFY - AFRICA

    A joint FAO - OIE - WHO capacity-building programme, funded by USAID under the "Emerging Pandemic Threats" (EPT) programme, for national and regional veterinary and public health laboratories working from or for the Greater Congo Basin region in Africa.

  • 2. IDENTIFY - AFRICA AIMS TO :

    to enhance the timely and accurate diagnosis of commonly occuring animal and human diseases, in order to improve detection of new, emerging or re-emerging infectious agents and diseases.

  • 3. MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

    PARTICIPATION OF IDENTIFY FOCAL POINTS AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICA RABIES GROUP (SEARG) JANUARY 2011



    Picture (c) N. Mapitse (oie) 2011

  • 4. KINSHASA, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO

    OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE EMERGING PANDEMIC THREATS PROGRAMME IN AFRICA (APRIL 2010)



    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2010
  • 5. KAMPALA, UGANDA

    FIRST STAKEHOLDERS' MEETING FOR THE IDENTIFY PROGRAMME IN THE CONGO BASIN REGION (NOVEMBER 2010).



    Picture (c) N. Mapitse (oie) 2010

  • 6. KAMPALA, UGANDA

    FIRST STAKEHOLDERS' MEETING FOR THE IDENTIFY PROGRAMME IN THE CONGO BASIN REGION (NOVEMBER 2010).



    Picture (c) N. Mapitse (oie) 2010

  • 7. PARIS, FRANCE

    PARTICIPATION OF IDENTIFY FOCAL POINTS AT THE FIRST OIE GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON WILDLIFE ANIMAL HEALTH AND BIODIVERSITY (FEBRUARY 2011)



    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2011

  • 8. KABETE, KENYA

    TRAINING ON COLLECTION AND SHIPMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES (AUGUST 2011)



    Picture (c) N. Mapitse (oie) 2011

  • 9. KABETE, KENYA

    TRAINING ON COLLECTION AND SHIPMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SAMPLES (AUGUST 2011)



    Picture (c) N. Mapitse (oie) 2011

 

EMERGING PANDEMIC THREATS (EPT)

training

 

The speed with which diseases of animal origin that pose a risk to humans - including HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), H5N1 avian influenza, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus - can emerge and spread across the increasingly interconnected globe presents enormous public health, economic, and development concerns. This threat underscores the need for a comprehensive, proactive approach that draws on a wide array of technical resources to build sound detection and response capacity. USAID's EPT programme focuses resources on detecting dangerous pathogens at an early stage, building appropriate laboratory capacity to support surveillance, responding in an appropriate and timely manner, strengthening national and local response capacities, and educating at-risk populations on how to prevent exposure to these dangerous pathogens. The EPT programme is being managed by USAID with technical support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture.

 

The EPT programme is a comprehensive and interconnected intervention package that is implemented through five projects, each requiring specific technical skill sets, but working harmoniously together to provide seamless technical assistance and expertise in the field. The five projects in the EPT programme are as follows:

 

PREDICT: USAID has awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to a constellation of leading experts in wildlife surveillance including University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust, The Smithsonian Institute, and Global Viral Forecasting Inc. to monitor for and increase the local capacity in "geographic hot spots" to identify the emergence of new infectious diseases in high-risk wildlife such as bats, rodents, and non-human primates that could pose a major threat to human health. This award builds on our current monitoring of wild birds for the H5N1 influenza virus to more broadly address the role played by wildlife in facilitating the emergence and spread of new disease threats.

 

RESPOND: USAID has awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to a coalition of technical resources including Development Alternatives, Inc., University of Minnesota, Tufts University, Training and Resources Group, and Ecology and Environment, Inc. to strengthen the human capacity of countries to identify and respond to outbreaks of newly emergent diseases in a timely and sustainable manner. This project will focus on the development of outbreak investigation and response training that merges animal and human health dynamics into a comprehensive capacity for disease detection and control. This agreement builds on over 30 years of USAID experience in building long-term capacities in health training through twinning U.S. and local academic institutions.

 

PREVENT: USAID has awarded a five-year cooperative agreement to the Academy for Educational Development and Global Viral Forecasting, Inc. to build an effective behavior change communication response to zoonotic diseases, support efforts to characterize "high-risk" practices that increase the potential for new disease threats from wildlife or wildlife products to spread and infect people, and formulate behavior change and/or communication strategies and interventions that meet the challenges posed by the emergence of a new infectious disease. This award builds on ongoing behavior change and communications efforts by USAID to prevent H5N1 transmission.

 

PREPARE: USAID has awarded a three-year cooperative agreement to International Medical Corps to provide technical support for simulations and field tests of national, regional, and local pandemic preparedness plans to ensure that countries have the capacity to implement response plans effectively during pandemic events.

 

 

IDENTIFY: USAID is working with the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO), U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) through existing grants to support the development of laboratory networks and strengthened diagnostic capacities in the "geographic hot spots" for new emergent diseases. These hot spots are the Congo river basin in Central Africa, the Amazon river basin in South America, the Ganges plains in South Asia, and the Mekong river delta in South-East Asia


THE EPT - IDENTIFY SUB-PROJECT

training

 

The IDENTIFY Project is a component of USAID-funded EPT programme. It focuses on the capacity of laboratories in the human and animal health sectors in order to contribute to the management of normative and emerging zoonotic pathogens. Specifically, the project builds capacity for rapid and accurate detection of known pathogens and for appropriate handling of material from clinical cases, where a novel pathogen is suspected.

The IDENTIFY overall objective is to link together a global cooperative network that is fully capable of rapidly diagnosing and reporting to OIE on listed animal diseases, and unusual epidemiological events or emerging diseases, and investigating events of potential international public health concern and reporting to WHO as required by the International Health Regulations (IHR).


The IDENTIFY project's specific 5-year objectives are:


Assess existing human and animal health laboratory infrastructure and current laboratory-based surveillance plans to determine country / region needs


Implement a joint human and animal health laboratory programme for emerging pathogens including priority diseases and syndromes, laboratory capacity, networks and data management systems


Develop capacity for advocacy for government funding to sustain effective joint human and animal health laboratory-based disease surveillance

 

IDENTIFY IN THE CONGO BASIN REGION

training

 

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) support the development of laboratory networks and strengthened diagnostic capacities in the "geographic hot spots" for new emergent diseases.

One of these hot spots is the Congo river basin in Central Africa. This area covers a cluster of 9 countries ( zone I, in red on the map) : Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. A peripheric group of 6 countries is associated to the IDENTIFY project for some, but not all of the activities and programmes (zone II in yellow on the map above) : Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Zambia

 

IDENTIFY AFRICA : THE OIE PROGRAMME

training

 

Within the IDENTIFY framework, the OIE assists selected veterinary laboratories inside and outside the central Africa region (the Congo river basin being one of the hot spots) in developing expertise and capacity in order to provide specialised (reference) diagnostic services to the national veterinary services and public health services. The programme evolves around the existing laboratories "twinning" programme of the OIE and is coordinated by the OIE Scientific and Technical Department in Paris and the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Southern Africa in Gaborone

 

CAPACITY-BUILDING EVENTS COMPLETED  

1. Participation of IDENTIFY focal points (animal health laboratories) at the 10th Conference of the Southern and Eastern Africa Rabies Group
Maputo, Mozambique, 25 - 28 January 2011

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2. Participation of IDENTIFY focal points (animal health laboratories) at the 1st OIE Global Conference on Animal health and Biodiversity (in cooperation with the WCS).
Paris, France, 22 - 24 February 2011

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3. IDENTIFY Laboratory Quality-Assurance training seminar (Congo Basin)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 12 - 14, 2011

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4. IDENTIFY Laboratory Information Management Systems training seminar (Congo Basin)
July 26 - 28, 2011
Bangkok, Thailand

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5. IDENTIFY Laboratory Collection / Shipping of Biological Samples training seminar (Congo Basin)
August 08 - 12, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya

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6. Global Conference on Rabies Control.
September 07 - 09, 2011
Seoul, Republic of Korea

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7. Regional Training Course Notification of wildlife diseases (english-speaking participants).
October 04 - 07, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya

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8. Regional Training Course Reporting of wildlife diseases (French-speaking Africa)
November 29 - December 01, 2011

Gaborone, Botswana

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DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD

The Pirbright Institute
A training course on veterinary sample management

Entebbe, Uganda
4-6 September 2012

 

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DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD

FAO-OIE-WHO
Folder / Leaflet

 

 

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Stakeholders Meeting
for the Emerging Pandemic Threats'  FAO, OIE and WHO
IDENTIFY PROJECT

Entebbe, Uganda,
2-4 November 2010

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USAID - EPT
Folder / Leaflet


 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2011


 

 

 

LINKS

1. USAID

2. EPT

3. FAO

4. FAO-ECTAD

5. FAO-ECTAD Bamako

6. FAO-ECTAD Bamako > IDENTIFY

7. OIE

8. OIE Africa

9. WHO

10. WHO-AFRO Brazzaville

 

 

PREDICT

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RESPOND

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PREPARE

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PREVENT

 

 

 

 

IDENTIFY SHAREPOINT

> Registered staff only

 



CONTACTS OIE

1. Dr. Neo Mapitse (Gaborone)
2. Ms. Jennifer Lasley (Paris)

 

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