Africa / Rabies control: CSRS and its partners analyze field data

From 15 to 17 July 2017, the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) hosted a workshop on the rabies weight assessment project in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Chad, By the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Foundation. The objective of this workshop is to carry out a preliminary analysis of the data from the field studies carried out during the project period. This analysis of data will lead to the production of scientific articles.

There were about fifteen researchers from Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Chad to take part in this workshop. They represent the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institut (Swiss TPH), the research consortium Afrique One-ASPIRE, the National Institute of Public Hygiene of Côte d'Ivoire (INHP), the Veterinary Services Department of Côte d'Ivoire (DSV), the National Agricultural Development Support Laboratory (LANADA) of Côte d’Ivoire, the Central Veterinary Laboratory (LCV) of Mali, the Center for International Health Support (CSSI) of Chad, the Institute for Livestock Research and Development of Chad (IRED) and the CSRS.

At the opening of the workshop, Prof. Bassirou Bonfoh, Director General of the CSRS welcomed his guests and reminded the institution of his commitment to the fight against rabies. Following him, Prof. Jakob Zinsstag, project leader, thanked the CSRS for its "fantastic hospitality" before recalling the objectives of the workshop and the steps to be taken to reach it.

A distinguished guest joined in the reflections : Miss Darlene Kassem, Miss San Pedro and 1st Miss Dauphine Cote d'Ivoire. At the request of the CSRS, she was involved in discussions on the measures to be taken to achieve the goal of zero rabies deaths by 2030. This, because of his involvement with the populations of San Pedro and with the intersectoral committee for rabies control of the locality. "You have touched on a very sensitive point and the CSRS with all its partners is ready to accompany you," assured the Prof. Bonfoh.

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