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Monitoring risk factors of spreading of leishmaniasis around the Mediterranean basin

Objective

Visceral and cutaneous leishmaniases are serious communicable diseases around the entire Mediterranean basin, including Southern Europe. These diseases are spreading and control is challenged by three escalating risk factors: human-made environmental chang es, immunosuppression (essentially because of Leishmania/HIV co-infection) and parasite resistance to first line drugs, pentavalent antimonials. Trans-border multidisciplinary surveillance of these three risk factors is essential for (i) precise and integr ated assessment of the risks, (ii) defining adequate control measures and (iii) the orientation of R&D priorities. Our general objective is to create a multidisciplinary network linking European and South/East Mediterranean partners in order to documen t the main risk factors involved in the spread of leishmaniasis around the Mediterranean and to promote transborder control strategies Our specific objectives are: 1.to review, assess and inform on current scientific knowledge on the epidemiology and cont rol of leishmaniasis around the Mediterranean; 2.to co-ordinate existing research on surveillance and control of leishmaniasis; 3.to disseminate and standardise relevant tools and good practice arising from research; 4.to advise national, regional and in ternational health authorities about the most effective transborder control measures; 5.to identify the gaps in current knowledge and expertise, and to define future multidisciplinary research to remedy the situation through co-ordinated action. Expected deliverables are: (i) 6 workshops for the 22 Euro-Mediterranean consortium partners, (ii) 3 short training courses (molecular epidemiology,diagnosis, GIS), (iii) constitution of a multidisciplinary expert group, (iv) reviews, opinion papers and guideline s and (v) 1 conference for dissemination of findings.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-MPC-1
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

PRINS LEOPOLD INSTITUUT VOOR TROPISCHE GENEESKUNDE
Address
Nationalestraat 155
Antwerpen
Belgium

Participants (21)

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Keppel Street
London
CHARLES UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE, FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Czechia
Address
Albertov 6
Prague 2
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Switzerland
Address
Avenue Appia
Geneva
INSTITUT PASTEUR DE PARIS
France
Address
Rue Du Docteur Roux, 25
Paris
INSTITUTO DE HIGIENE E MEDICINA TROPICAL NA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Rua Da Junqueira, 96
Lisboa
INSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III
Spain
Address
C/sinesio Delgado, 2-10
Madrid
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
ISTITUTO ZOOPROFILATICO SPERIMENTALE DELLA PUGLIA E DELLA BASILICATA
Italy
Address
Via Manfredonia, 20
Foggia
HELLENIC PASTEUR INSTITUTE
Greece
Address
127, Vas. Sofia Ave.
Athens
INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II
Morocco
Address
Av. Allal Al Fassi, Madinat Al Irfane
Rabat
INSTITUT PASTEUR DE TUNIS
Tunisia
Address
Place Pasteur, 13
Tunis-belvédère
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
Address
The Authority For Research And Development, Edmond J. Safra, Givat Ram Campus
Jerusalem
TECHNION-ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Address
Technion City
Haifa
AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY
Palestine
Address
Hind Husseini Building, Herod's Gate, Jerusalem'
East Jerusalem
JORDAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Jordan
EGE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL SCHOOL DEPARTMENT OF PARASITOLOGY
Turkey
Address
Ege University Medical School Department Of Parasitology
Bomova, Izmir
VETERINARY SERVICES OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Athalassa
Nicosia
HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET BERLIN, MEDIZINISCHE FAKULTAET CHARITÉ
Germany
Address
Schumannstr. 20/21
Berlin
INSTITUT PASTEUR D'ALGÉRIE'
Algeria
Address
2, Rue Du Docteur Laveran
Algiers
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITÀ
Italy
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
Roma
UNIVERSITÉ MONTPELLIER I
France
Address
5, Bd Henri Iv
Montpellier