French solidarity fund for innovative projects (FSPI)
January 2019 - December 2020
Environmental changes related to climate change have a major impact on the emergence of vector-borne and non-vector-borne diseases in humans, domestic animals and wildlife. The human, societal, environmental and economic costs associated with emerging and / or re-emerging infectious diseases are considerable. Zimbabwe, a country located in the subtropical area, will have to face many human and veterinary sanitary challenges in connection with these global changes. Currently, the lack of resources, skilled personnel, and advanced biotechnology infrastructures does not allow the country to put in place an adequate health response and effectively respond to diseases.
The main objective of the CAZCOM project is to build Zimbabwe's capacity to improve the surveillance and control of important animal and zoonotic diseases. The project, with its training activities, the establishment of a laboratory with international standards, the development of research projects and the setting-up of effective surveillance and control systems for emerging infectious diseases aims to increase the Zimbabwe autonomy for the control of animal diseases and follow the national strategy for its breeding.
The project has four components:
- Technical and Academic Training
- Technical capacity development in molecular biology
- Establishment of effective and autonomous surveillance systems for surveillance of animal and zoonotic diseases
- Project Management
- Faculty of Veterinary Science – University of Zimbabwe
- Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services - Zimbabwe Ministry of Agriculture
Scientific coordination: Florian Liégeois, IRD