The project aims to strengthen the national and regional early detection systems for wildlife in West and Central Africa using a ‘One Health’ and multi-sectoral approach to better detect, differentiate and prevent future outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (EVD) and four other viral haemorrhagic fevers, including Marburg virus, Rift Valley Fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, and Lassa fever.
The project implements in the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Guinea, Liberia, Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Sierra Leone (see map of target countries).
The OIE’s work on the EBO-SURSY project is made possible by a close, collaborative relationship with its partners: Le Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) and Institut Pasteur. With access to local, regional and global transdisciplinary and scientific networks as well as longstanding relationships with local stakeholders in the target countries, OIE’s partners bring decades of experience in the prevention and control of zoonoses to the project. All three are notable for their commitment to strengthening the animal and human health services of target countries as well as their laboratory capacities and first-hand knowledge of the impact of infectious diseases on animal and public health.
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