PREPARE4VBD is a multi-disciplinary consortium that brings together 10 university and ministerial partners from 5 African and 3 European countries, united to adress a future with increasingly changing global patterns of zoonotic vector-borne diseases through a holistic, pro-active approach that reaches beyond specific diseases, vector species, borders or scientific disciplines
PREPARE4VBD will develop new knowledge, detection tools and surveillance systems to improve preparedness in Africa and Europe for vector-borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks and freshwater snails to livestock and humans.
It is a four year research project, that runs from 2021 – 2025 and has received 6 million euro in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101000365
PREPARE4VBD will create a broad, conceptual knowledge that reaches beyond specific vector-borne diseases, organisms or disciplines traditionally operating in “siloes”, to prepare for a new era of a diverse set of invasive vectors and emerging vectorborne diseases under climate change and globalization.
Our approach is:
The PREPARE4VBD framework will enable the integration of different existing and novel data on zoonotic vector-borne diseases and tools to:
A) build knowledge of neglected tick-, mosquito- and snailborne VBDs of importance for animal and human health in endemic African countries
B) assess their capacity to adapt and spread to new areas using a holo-genomics approach and climate change impact modelling,
C) supported by novel diagnostic tools for new and rapid VBD discoveries and model-based surveillance for early warning, and
D) strengthening the capacity for surveillance and detection of the targeted VBDs through training and effective communication of project results and dissemination of freely available data and tools to consortium partners and other relevant stakeholders.