Emergent diseases and their subsequent spread cause a significant impact on global health and economy. An early detection of emerging pathogens could prevent future pandemics. However, the limited means to perform this early detection in hotspots such as the rainforest area of Africa challenge this purpose. Through a multifaceted approach, our team’s purpose is to collaborate with African local teams to identify the factors that need to be improved in order to increase research output in Africa as well as the diagnostic capacity and cutting-edge research in the country.
We have established diagnostic capacity for several emerging virus families in Republic of Congo and performed surveillance studies in both humans and wildlife. We have improved and strengthened our collaboration with our African partners by establishing protocols, teaching laboratory practice routines for diagnostics, and performing research studies. Moreover, we have trained African local personnel in order to perform several molecular and immunology biology techniques.
The purpose of our team is to improve the capacities and preparedness of emerging diseases of African local laboratories by rapidly detecting severe endemic outbreaks.