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Project 85 - Strengthening Laboratory Capacities in Africa against CoVID-19 and other epidemics: from set up in Senegal to scale up in Africa (LABPLUS AFRICA)

Context

Large-scale epidemics are becoming more and more frequent and constitute a health, economic, social and security threat. Resource-limited, at-risk settings are most vulnerable to the burden and amplification of epidemics — particularly in Africa.

This is notably true of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which scientists isolated in 2020, following an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China.
The availability of a molecular diagnostic for COVID-19 early in the outbreak has proven critically important in tracking the spread of the virus. Additional tools are required to boost surveillance and optimize the public health response until a vaccine or drug are ready to be administered for control of COVID-19.

Hence, the Institut Pasteur de Dakar was selected by the Africa CDC, WHO and the regional disease surveillance center of WAHO/ECOWAS to deliver an accelerated training program in February for over 31 national public health laboratories across Africa.
Respiratory infections are likely the most common communicable infectious diseases worldwide.

Mitigating the risk of extension of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemics in Africa is of the utmost importance to preserve the continent as much as possible from the human and economic consequences associated with a possible large-scale spread of the virus.

Objective

This action proposes a strategic framework to reinforce preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Africa as well as to implement an innovative approach to address unmet needs of diagnostics and health services through mobile platforms delivering laboratory and health services to detect, respond, control and prevent epidemics in Africa focusing on access driven business models, local capacities and sustainability.

The scientific program aims at addressing immediate needs for response and preparedness in Africa for the COVID-19 in affected and non-affected countries respectively through the concerted approach of Africa CDC/WHO Afro/WHO/ECOWAS along with Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) as a regional center designated by the 3 organizations and building a more sustainable and affordable ecosystem to support health system with mobile platforms for diagnostics and health services provided by Praesens Care (PC).

Stakeholders

Coordinators

European Commission

Participants

This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.