The PANDORA consortium aims to develop and strengthen effective outbreak response capacities across all geographical regions in sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with national governments and other international stakeholders. We will build on our track record of equitable Africa-Europe research & development partnerships, combining expertise in both human and animal health within our ‘ONE HEALTH’ multidisciplinary consortium, to strengthen regional and pan-African capacities to effectively respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
Specific aims
1.To develop and setup robust ‘ready to go within 48-72 hours’ PANDORA-ID-NET outbreak rapid response teams, for all four African regions, in synergy with other regional and global networks on emerging infections.
2.To develop capacities for emerging infectious disease research (multidisciplinary operational, anthropological, social science, basic science, translational clinical, clinical trials, implementation research) both during outbreaks and during inter-epidemic periods.
3.To train and empower African laboratory and clinical scientists, healthcare workers, epidemiologists, public health practitioners, ethicists and social scientists to take leadership of emerging infections and the ONE HEALTH portfolio in all African regions.
4.To engage and fully involve politicians, policy makers and global public health agencies at the highest level during all stages of our program. The involvement of Africa CDC and national governments will ensure long term sustainability.