EBO-SURSY Project

Activities

Activities are planned around three objectives

Institutional and ‘One Health’ capacities are improved through teaching and training

Human and animal health surveillance systems are aligned to the One Health approach. The OIE and partners build capacities in epidemiology, surveillance systems, laboratory techniques,  sampling of wildlife, humans and domesticated animals, thereby enhancing a country’s capability to report animal disease outbreaks into the OIE World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). Laboratory twinning across participating countries develop learning networks and improve diagnostic capacity in the region. Short and long term trainings, eLearnings, and internships or interactive learning models are adapted to both student and professional audiences, including veterinarians, doctors, and ecologists.

 

Community-level awareness of zoonotic diseases is increased

Through conferences and publications, the results of the project’s scientific investigations on Ebola virus disease (EVD) and other haemorrhagic fevers are disseminated to the public. Communication tools integrating One Health concepts that increase community-level awareness of EVD and other haemorrhagic fevers are developed and disseminated to at risk communities, wildlife, public health, and Veterinary Services.

Zoonotic disease surveillance protocols are reinforced through field investigations and improved diagnostic assays

Predictive models and risk assessment tools based on a better understanding of the virus transmission cycle, including potential wildlife reservoirs for viral haemorrhagic fevers and environmental factors are developed to increase virus detection and surveillance. Through epidemiological investigations, major health risks (real or perceived) associated with wildlife, bushmeat and human activities in West and Central Africa will be identified and assessed to improve protocols of disease surveillance integrating wildlife.

Discover more about the project’s objectives in the infographic below!

Sustainability

The entire project is set within the framework of sustainable results. In particular, the EBO-SURSY Project aims to facilitate information sharing of scientific data, including disseminating information to affected populations. The project will also provide technical trainings to professionals from the human, animal and environmental health sectors to sustainably reinforce their capacities, allowing for the continuance of activities after the end of the project.

Photos: ©OIE/S. Muset