The PANDORA-ID-NET, coordinated by Professor Francine Ntoumi (Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Medicale, Republic of Congo) is working with the Ministry of Health in its response to the outbreak to avert the potential spread of the outbreak across the river into the Republic of Congo.
The Republic of Congo, which is a full member of the EDCTP Association, officially requested the two EDCTP-funded consortia, for collaboration and support in key areas that can help in the prevention on the outbreak spread. As a matter of priority, surveillance and training activities are being undertaken by the PANDORA-ID-NET in collaboration ALERRT, including:
- A training workshop for Ethics and Regulatory committees in the region on the ‘Evaluation of Clinical Research Protocols in case of emergency’. The workshop will be held in Brazzaville on 31 May – 01 June 2018;
- The drafting of Procedures for Evaluation of Clinical Research Protocols in case of emergency. The members of the ethics committees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, together with experts from WHO-AFRO and other key ethics experts in the region will meet in Brazzaville on 2-3 June 2018;
- A joint ALERRT-PANDORA-ID-NET mission for situation analysis of surveillance activities for filovirus circulation in human and animals as well as capacities of diagnostics tools available within the region.
The ALERRT consortium, coordinated by Professor Peter Horby (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), is discussing with partners regarding research activities on diagnostics, immunology and social sciences studies, as well as support to clinical trials of therapeutics.
Among the organisations participating in the ALERRT Consortium, is the DRC’s National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) led by Professor Jean Jacques Muyembe, who is at this moment coordinating the outbreak response teams on the ground in DRC. Professor Muyembe is playing a key role in advising on the priority research areas where the consortia can contribute.