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One Health network for the prevention of vector-borne diseases around the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions

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MediLabSecure is a European project (2014-2017)
aiming to improve the surveillance of emerging viral
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03/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#6

Which mosquito species#6 is it? Go to the new species pictures #6 for identification and suggest a species !



Anyone interested in practicing are encouraged to complete the form.

All the species to identify and associated species factsheet are available in the resources of the MediaLabSecure website.


10/2017 - Medilabsecure entomologists to the sove conference

MediLabSecure entomologists were well represented to the last 7th International Congress of the Society for Vector Ecology (SOVE), which took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1-6 October 2017.




As a follow-up to the capacity building activities, the medical entomology group (WP4) gave the opportunity to present vector surveillance and/or research work to the international scientific community, by supporting the attendance of 6 entomologists: Fatim-Zohra Tmimi (PhD student, Morocco), Ali Bouattour (Tunisia), Renée Zakhia (PhD student, Lebanon), Filiz Gunay (Turkey), Tatiana Sulesco (Moldova), Dusan Petric (Serbia). Perperim Kadriaj (Albania), Igor Pajovic (Montenegro) and of course Bulent Alten, SOVE Chair (Turkey) were also present. We all showed a large and diversified range of topics on insecticide resistance, surveillance, transmission, morphology, etc. This meeting was also a valuable networking opportunity and enabled the MediLabSecure community present to exchange within and outside the network on possible collaborations and joint activities.


You can browse the photo album by clicking here


11 posters and 2 oral sessions were presented during this SOVE conference by the MediLabSecure members. For more details, read the SOVE book of abstracts.


 


10/2017 - MosKeyTool update v1.2

A new version of MosKeyTool is now available. This MosKeyTool update (v1.2) fixes some technical and entomological issues. More information on MosKeyTool.


Download the MosKeyTool database v1.2 now !


10/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#5

The solution of MosPictoQuizz #5  wasCulex pipiens, a widespread and common mosquito in temperate regions.
All the species to identify and associated species factsheet are available in the resources of the MediaLabSecure website.

 


09/2017 - Episouth Project: contribution to preparedness to public health threats in the mediterranean

From 2007 to 2013, the EpiSouth Network consortium has marked the Mediterranean Region collective preparedness de Public Health threats.
This new piece, recently published in "Health Security", comes back on this Mediterranean partnership development, implementation strategy, sectors of intervention, and its main actions and achievements.

MediLabSecure has been developed on the foundations of EpiSouth and EpiSouth plus projects, building on these projects networks and achievements, and enlarging them to encompass the animal health and entomology sectors.

We hope you enjoy reading this publication.

To download it, click here.


09/2017 - ONE HEALTH COurse in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 3rd Training School of the Network for Evaluation of One Health will be held from September 13th to 15th 2017 in Sarajevo. It aims to raise awareness and capacity for One Health evaluation.

The purpose of this training school is to give participants an introduction to evaluation in general and One Health evaluation in particular using the framework developed in the Network for Evaluation of One Health.

The Training School will give participants the opportunity to learn about evaluation concepts, approaches and research in other disciplines and to exchange thoughts and ideas with experts in the field.

More information may be found on the dedicated page. 

We remind you that we regularly update the international events page with conferences related to the MediLabSecure fields of interest. 

Please do not hesitate to let us know about events in your country or any other international courses or symposia that might be relevant for the MediLabSecure community and we will post them here.

07/2017 - VIDEO: MEDILABSECURE REGIONAL MEETING #2

A video highlighting moments of the second regional Meeting and technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project held from July 4th to 6th 2017 at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, Tunisia, has just been released!


We thank all the participants for their time, passion and involvment and hope you enjoy watching it.

MediLabSecure Regional Meeting #2, Tunis, July 2017 from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.



08/2017 - Mesa Study reports 

The MediLabSecure Situation Analysis on integrated surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region (MeSA Study) has been carried out by the MediLabSecure Public Health Working Group.

The final reports are now available:

>  download them individually by clicking on the corresponding image:


                                        

        Report for Tunisia                                             Report for Serbia                                      Report for Georgia       


We take this opportunity to thank again the “MeSa working group” which has made this Study possible. 

The MESA Study is a qualitative situational analysis involving human, animal and entomology sectors of vector borne disease surveillance in three countries of the MediLabSecure network : Serbia, Tunisia and Georgia.


The main objective of the Study is to describe how the collection, analysis and dissemination/exchange of information is organized within and between human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses with the final aim of contributing to the integration of laboratory/clinical human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and encourage inter-sectoral collaboration. 


07/2017 - Medilabsecure regional meeting #2

The second regional Meeting and technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project was held from July 4th to 6th 2017 at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, Tunisia.



This meeting was mainly focused on Rift Valley fever virus.

Countries represented during this meeting were Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. 


You can browse the first set of pictures of this meeting here.



07/2017 - New Leaflet 

A new leaflet has been released, delineating the main aspects of the project. 


Click here to download the Medilabsecure brochure



Do not hesitate to share it within your networks!



07/2017 - One Health Conference in Jordan

The first International Conference for building Human and Animal Health Capacity will be held in Amman Jordan, October 17-19, 2017.

This first edition theme is "transformation through improving livelihoods". It will provide a collaborative experience for human and veterinary health professionals that will foster multidisciplinary applied research efforts to enhance public and animal health. This event is organized by the Jordan University of Science and Technology.


Information regarding how to register, submit abstracts, reserve a hotel room, and book tourism trips may be found on the conference website

We remind you that we regularly update the international events page with conferences related to the MediLabSecure fields of interest. 

Please do not hesitate to let us know about events in your country or any other international courses or symposia that might be relevant for the MediLabSecure community and we will post them here.

07/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#4

A new set of pictures from different mosquitos has been prepared and proposed to the MediLabSecure network members - and beyond- for identification.


Which mosquito species is it? Go to the new species pictures #4 for identification and fill out this form:  MosPictoQuizz#4

You can use MosKeyTool and any other resource t
o help you in the identification task.

Enjoy identifying!


If you want to browse previous editions of the MosPictoQuizz, all quizzes and associated species factsheet are available in the resources area of the MediaLabSecure website. 

06/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#3

The solution of MosPictoQuizz #3  was Culiseta annulata a widespread and common mosquito in Western Europe and parts of the Middle East.
All the species to identify and associated species factsheet are available in the resources of the MediaLabSecure website.

05/2017 - MOSKEYTOOL

MosKeyTool is an identification tool intended to help people (entomologists or not), to identify the species of a mosquito specimen. It has been developed by the medical entomology working group (WP4) of MediLabSecure in 2017.

This interactive key includes 128 mosquito species in 66 countries (Euro-Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions) and can be easily installed on your computer.

Installation steps are explained on the MosKeyTool page, and you will find a clear video tutorial as well.



Do not hesitate to test the tool and give us feedback !


If you like it, do not forget to spread the word ! Many thanks!


04/2017 - Arboviruses and their vectors: A mapping review

Researchers of the MediLabSecure network have collaboratively mapped arboviruses and their vectors in 16 of the project partner countries in the Balkans, the Middle-East and North Africa.

This work underlines the importance of surveillance and the implementation of adapted control strategies of vector-borne diseases in this Region.


Source: Failloux, A.-B., Bouattour, A., Faraj, C.,Gunay, F., Haddad, N., Harrat, Z., Jancheska E., Kanani K., Kenawy M.-A., KotaM., Pajovic I., Paronyan L., Petric D., Sarih M., Sawalha S., Shaibi T.,Sherifi K., Sulesco T., Velo E., Gaayeb L., Victoir K. & Robert, V. (2017). Surveillance of Arthropod-Borne Viruses and their Vectors in the Mediterraneanand Black Sea Regions within the MediLabSecure Network. Current Tropical Medicine Reports.

Curr Trop Med Rep. 2017;4(1):27-39.doi: 10.1007/s40475-017-0101-y. Epub 2017 Mar 17.


04/2017 - MediLabSecure Regional Meeting #2

The second regional Meeting and technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project will be held from July 4th to 6th 2017 at the Institut Pasteur in Tunis, Tunisia.



This meeting will mainly focus on Rift Valley fever (RVF) virus.


Countries represented during this meeting will be Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.



04/2017 - MOSPICTOQUIZZ / Factsheet #2

As a follow-up to the Medical Entomology training sessions, a new on-line activity "MosPictoQuizz" has been devised within MediLabSecure. 

A set of pictures from different mosquitos has been prepared and proposed for identification.


The mystery is now revealed, the solution of MosPictoQuizz #2  was Anopheles sacharovi, an important malaria vector in Eastern Europe and the Balck Sea regions!



Congratulations to everyone who's participated for their efforts! 

All MosPictoQuizzes and associated species factsheet are available in the resources page of the MediaLabSecure website. 


See you soon for the next MosPictoQuizz !


04/2017 - PREDEMICS Workshop

The PREDEMICS EU-funded project is organizing a workshop " Preparedness, Prediction and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Viruses: Challenges and Opportunities".


The workshop objectives are to:

  • Highlight the socio-economic burden and challenges represented by re-emergence and epidemics due to emerging zoonotic viruses
  • Review opportunities based on the results of the PREDEMICS project, that provided identification of risk factors for zoonotic viruses emergence and species barrier crossing, identified conditions of transmission, spread and persistence, and uncovered mechanisms of host-virus interplay that could serve as basis for intervention strategies
  • Discuss the way forward towards improved preparedness, prediction and prevention of emerging zoonotic viruses by integration of science, communication, and policy.

The event will be held in Paris on April 6-7th 2017. You can still register for FREE !

For further information, please contact Soizic Sergeant 


03/2017 - Arboviruses: a global picture

Researchers of the MediLabSecure network have collaboratively mapped arboviruses and their vectors in 16 of the partner countries in the Balkans, the Middle-East and North Africa.

This work underlines the importance of surveillance and the implementation of adapted control strategies of vector-borne diseases.

Citation:  Failloux, A.-B., Bouattour, A., Faraj, C., Gunay, F., Haddad, N., Harrat, Z., Jancheska E., Kanani K., Kenawy M.-A., Kota M., Pajovic I., Paronyan L., Petric D., Sarih M., Sawalha S., Shaibi T., Sherifi K., Sulesco T., Velo E., Gaayeb L., Victoir K. & Robert, V. (2017). Surveillance of Arthropod-Borne Viruses and Their Vectors in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions Within the MediLabSecure Network. Current Tropical Medicine Reports. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40475-017-0101-y


03/2017 - MosPictoQuizz / Species#2

Which mosquito species#2 is it? Go to the new species pictures #2 for identification and suggest a species !



Anyone interested in practicing are encouraged to complete the form.

As a follow-up to the Medical Entomology training sessions, a new on-line activity (MosPictoQuizz) has been devised within MediLabSecure. A set of pictures from different mosquitos has been prepared and proposed to the MediLabSecure network members - and beyond- for identification.

All the species to identify and associated species factsheet are available in the resources of the MediaLabSecure website.


02/2017 - Site Visit Armenia

As part of the MediLabSecure activities, meetings with national partners are organized  to get a sense of the laboratories environment and discuss in more detail ongoing activities and possible collaborations within the project priorities.


The last site visit was to Armenia in November 2016. We are extremely grateful to our Armenian partners, in particular to Dr. Lusine Paronyan, who were very welcoming and provided the best conditions for fruitful discussions.


Armenia Site visit MediLabSecure from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.




01/2017 - Newsletter 3

The 3rd Newsletter of the project has been released! Read it online, and be sure you receive future edition by subscribing !


If you missed previous newsletter, you can read them here as well.


Moreover, newsletters specific to the medical entomology working group activities are also released regularly, and can be accessed here.



01/2017 - Free online course in medical entomology

This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) will focus on mosquitoes, other hematophagous insects and ticks, arbovirosis and parasitic diseases and on new approaches for a better control of these animals.


The course is free and accessible online here. It will start of February 6th 2017, but you can already register!


FUN-MOOC : Medical Entomology par fr-universite-numerique


The course will focus on the insects and arthropods that impact human health as well as the associated diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Zika, Lyme borreliosis, Chagas disease, etc.

The countries of the intertropical zone are primarily concerned by these vector-borne diseases, but temperate zones become more and more concerned because of the recent introduction of vectorial diseases and spread of invasive vector species.


Understanding the relationships between vectors, pathogens and vertebrates is fundamental in the study of vector-borne diseases. 


12/2016 - Happy new year 2017 !

MediLabSecure wishes all its partners, collaborators and friends an excellent new year 2017 !



Please feel free to download and use this card in a low resolution or high resolution format to send your wishes to your One Health collaborators.


12/2016 - MeSA study visit in GeoRgia

The MediLabSecure Situation Analysis (MESA) Study is a qualitative situational analysis involving human, animal and entomology sectors of vector borne disease surveillance in three countries of the MediLabSecure network : Serbia, Tunisia and Georgia.

The last study visit took place in Georgia from December 13th to 15th 2016.


Stakeholders involved in the Study in Georgia (NCDC - Tbilisi, December 15th 2016)


12/2016 - MEDILABSECURE contributes to zika preparedness in the mediterranean area

The current Zika virus emergence has highlighted the global need to conduct comprehensive risk assessments and develop preparedness activities against arboviral threats. An article published in BMC Public Health examines how the actions and strategies implemented by the MediLabSecure network contribute to the prevention and control of the Zika virus threat in the Euro-Mediterranean area. 



To cite this article, please use:

Risk of Zika virus transmission in the Euro-Mediterranean area and the added value of building preparedness to arboviral threats from a One Health perspective. Escadafal C, Gaayeb L, Riccardo F, Pérez-Ramírez E, Picard M4, Dente MG, Fernández-Pinero J, Manuguerra JC, Jiménez-Clavero MÁ, Declich S, Victoir K, Robert V. BMC Public Health. 2016 Dec 3;16(1):1219. PMID: 27914465. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3831-1


11/2016 - Regional meeting and technical workshop in public health

The first Regional Meeting and second technical workshop on public health of the MediLabSecure project was held from November 15th to 17th 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia.

This regional and multi-disciplinary meeting, especially focusing in Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus, was an opportunity to discuss current and common public health issues in the scope of the MediLabSecure project.


Countries represented during this meeting will be Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.


Watch this 3-minutes video to get an impression on the meeting!


MediLabSecure Regional meeting, Belgrade, Nov 2016 from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.



To know more about this meeting (pictures, video, report, etc), click here


10/2016 - Workshop: International shipment of substances & biorisk management 

The second workshop of the MediLabSecure human virology work package took place in Casablanca, Morocco, from the 24th to the 28th October 2016.


The objective of this workshop was to train the participants for the international shipping of infectious substances, to develop capacity building in biorisk management and to enhance exchanges within the human virology and the medical entomology networks.




Have a look at the workshop content


10/2016 - MESA STUDY

The MediLabSecure Situation Analysis on integrated surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region (MeSA Study) is being carried out by the MediLabSecure Public Health Working Group.


The MESA Study is a qualitative situational analysis involving human, animal and entomology sectors of vector borne disease surveillance in three countries of the MediLabSecure network : Serbia, Tunisia and Georgia.


The main objective of the Study is to describe how the collection, analysis and dissemination/exchange of information is organized within and between human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses with the final aim of contributing to the integration of laboratory/clinical human, animal and entomological surveillance of arboviruses in the Mediterranean and Black Sea region and encourage inter-sectoral collaboration. 

Lessons learned, success stories and main challenges in establishing a functional inter-sectoral collaboration and integration of surveillance in these three countries will be discussed in a Strategic Document to be shared with MediLabSecure Partners and other interested Institutions.

The study visit in Serbia took place from 5 to 7 July 2016, in Tunisia from 11 to 13 October, and it will take place in Georgia from 13 to 15 December 2016.


Stakeholdersinvolved in the Study in Serbia (Batut Public Health Institute - Belgrade, July 7th 2016)


Stakeholders involved in the Study in Tunisia (DSSB MoH – Tunis, October 13th 2016)



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