Strengthening Africa’s Regional Capacity for Diagnosis of Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic Diseases, including Ebola Virus Disease, and Establishing Early Warning Systems

In response to outbreaks of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Africa in 2014 and 2015, the IAEA, at the request of Member States and in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, initiated two regional technical cooperation projects to strengthen capacities of Member States in the early detection and control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic pathogens, including EVD. A series of training courses on ’Enhancing Capacity of National Monitoring Teams for Diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) under High Bio-Safety Conditions’ were organized and so far 49 scientists from 19 Member States have been trained.

A key issue in dealing with infectious and highly contagious infectious zoonotic diseases relate to the personal safety of medical and veterinary staff, during processes where they may be exposed to dangerous pathogens. To better facilitate the dissemination of knowledge in this area, two videos have been generated: the first is a general introduction to the topic itself, while the second is a step-by-step instruction guide to the correct use of personal protective equipment during field sampling.

The videos may be seen at:

Introduction to dealing with highly contagious zoonotic diseases
(video 5:24 minutes duration)
Training, Animal Production and Health
The use of personal protective equipment during sampling of for highly contagious zoonotic diseases
(video 19:46 minutes duration)
Training, Animal Production and Health