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ADVANZ - Advocacy for the fight against Neglected Zoonotic Diseases

Objective

The aim of ADVANZ (Advocacy for Neglected Zoonotic Diseases) is to persuade decision makers and empower stakeholders at local, regional, and international levels towards a coordinated fight against neglected zoonotic diseases (NZD), first and foremost in Africa, where the burden from NZD are heaviest. If the battle against NZD is going to be won, a major part of the initiative must come through a behaviour change in the population at risk. A major challenge is that NZD to a large extent are ‘silent’ for the humans living in communities in endemic areas. Therefore locally adapted information is required to generate awareness and alter bad practices. At the same time, the change must be approached via an informed support mechanism, veterinarian, public health and agricultural extension workers being aware of the variety of NZD and the different approaches to combat them. ADVANZ will provide evidence-based knowledge of the cost-effectiveness of controlling these diseases in a manner that can be appreciated. We will implement a new model, based on the One Health approach, which targets decision making bodies involved in disease control: relevant Ministries, district health- veterinary and vector control offices and the locally affected communities. A new Pan-African OH NZD network will be created, harnessing strengths from existing disease specific networks and providing a platform for intersectoral collaboration. An advisory board will guide ADVANZ in design and targeting of NZD information materials. Board members will be experts, primarily from Africa drawn from a range of disciplines including of anthropology, health, agriculture, economics, traditional knowledge and environmental sciences. Strategic partners from relevant EU projects, and representatives from WHO and FAO will be additional board members. An international conference, organized jointly with WHO, FAO and OIE (NZ4) will showcase successful NZ approaches and the ADVANZ model.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/zoonosis
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 164 773
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 69 282,50
Address
University Road, Chiltern Hills
3630 Westville
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Samson Mukaratirwa (Prof.)
AVIA-GIS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 126 000
Address
Risschotlei 33
2980 Zoersel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guy Hendrickx (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 63 932,50
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 37 985
Address
Nationalestraat 155
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tanguy Marcotty (Dr.)
SCHWEIZERISCHES TROPEN- UND PUBLIC HEALTH-INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 37 985
Address
Socinstrasse 57
CH-4002 Basel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefan Mörgeli (Mr.)