Project: Pan-African Network For Rapid Research, Response, Relief and Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Epidemics

Acronym PANDORA ID NET (Reference Number: RIA2016E-1609)
Duration 01/03/2018 - 28/02/2022
Project Topic The consortium will utilize our ethos and track record of building equitable Africa-Europe R&D partnerships, to build effective outbreak response capacities, aligned closely to research and training, across all geographical regions in sub-Saharan Africa. We plan to take forward the unique opportunities presented by this EDCTP grant call, through our ‘ONE HEALTH’ multidisciplinary consortium of partners derived from the human and animal health sectors in Africa and Europe. Our overall aim is to strengthen, regional and pan-African capacities and systems for enabling rapid and effective response to infectious diseases with epidemic potential, arising from within Africa or those imported from overseas. We aim to develop and enhance laboratory, public health and clinical trials capacities for the rapid investigation of outbreaks at source. Laboratories will be developed for accurate and rapid detection all pathogens. Regional capacities will also be built to perform clinical trials (evaluating rapid diagnostics, biomarkers, treatments, vaccines and operational research studies) inter-epidemic and during an outbreak. Initially, a list of studies on field evaluation of new diagnostic tests and POCT in the framework of European projects have been selected. Data will be used for optimal clinical management of patients, infection control and public health response. We will also strengthen regional capacity for timely collection, analysis and communication of information and provide field epidemiology training, develop ‘mud shoe’ epidemiologists and mobile laboratory services. We will build on our existing EDCTP Central, West, East and Southern African Networks of Excellence portfolio, and setup at each Africa region, a Robust ‘Ready to go(within 48-72 hours’ Rapid response outbreak teams. Training courses will include rapid diagnostics, ethics of research in emergency situations, field epidemiology. International health regulations assessment and compliance, research methods, infection prevention and control, and emergency preparedness and outbreak response, staying safe during outbreak investigation, ethics and probity, communication skills, teamwork, use of field communication technology, emergency power, and sanitation in the field. Our activities will be linked to other networks on emerging infections and will contribute to global preparedness and response activities, maximizing complementarity with an enhancing effect. We will develop a clear governance structure, an independent data safety monitoring committee, and an oversight expert advisory board of global experts. Latest data management platforms and an effective communication strategy will be put in place. Strong collaboration with regional and international initiatives will be established. This will enhance rapid integration and policy implementation of outputs.
Network EDCTP2
Call Research and clinical management of patients in PRD epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale Coordinator Congo, Democratic Republic of the
5 Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin Partner Germany
7 Centre de Recherches Médicales de Lambaréné Partner Gabon
8 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Partner Germany
10 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Partner Germany
12 Emergency Life Support for Civilian war victims ONG ONLU Partner Italy
13 HerpeZ Limited Partner Zambia
15 Ifakara Health Institute Trust Partner Tanzania
16 Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Partner France
17 Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital Partner Nigeria
19 Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive Lazzarro Spallanzani - Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Partner Italy
21 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Partner Ghana
22 National Institute for Medical Research - Tanzania Partner Tanzania
23 Nigeria Center for Disease Control Partner Nigeria
24 Njala University Partner Sierra Leone
26 Sokoine University of Agriculture Partner Tanzania
28 The Royal Institute of International Affairs Partner United Kingdom
30 The Royal Veterinary College University of London Partner United Kingdom
32 Uganda National Health Research Organisation Partner Uganda
33 University College London Partner United Kingdom
35 University of Ghana Partner Ghana
36 University of Khartoum Partner Sudan