Three Zika consortia – ZikaPLAN, ZikAction and ZIKAlliance – are working together to lay the groundwork for a Latin-American and Caribbean network for emerging infectious diseases (EID) preparedness and response.
The network will be equipped to support a rapid and coherent research response to the Zika outbreak in the short term and to other vector-borne and emerging infectious disease outbreaks in Latin America in the long term.
- Establish a regional network of excellence for research that shares knowledge, expertise and provides local support and training when and were needed in EID preparedness and response,
- Collaborate with regional and international networks to leverage synergies, share knowledge and identify and address regulatory bottlenecks in EID preparedness and response,
- Leverage input and data from peer networks and research databases with the aim of speeding up evidence generation and improving research efficiencies in EID preparedness and response,
- Develop a sustainability plan that will allow the network to continue beyond the funding period.
Latin American Preparedness Network (PLAN)
Group leader: Prof. Trudie Lang, University of Oxford
- Umeå University
- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- Ulster University
- Fondation Mérieux
- Fundação de Apoio à Universidade de São Paulo
- Associação Técnica–Científica de Estudo Colaborativo Latino Americano de Malformações Congênitas (ECLAMC)
- Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)
- Universidade de Pernambuco