13 November 2015 – In an effort to establish a platform for communication and exchange of information related to Rift Valley fever (RVF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created a database of stakeholders including international agencies, research, public, and private institutions, public health professionals, national veterinary services, and policy makers. This database is currently being used to disseminate all sort of information related to RVF, including human and animal outbreak, weather forecasting, and any other news related to RVF (e.g. projects, trainings, meetings, etc).
The database and dissemination activity is conducted under the framework of the Vmerge project on “Emerging, Viral, Vector-Borne Diseases”, a research consortium funded under the European Commissions’ Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) (2013 to 2016).
As an example, the latest communication (06/11/2015) included reports on the analysis of current RVF early warning systems in place in the EU, the production of a virtual species distribution map, updated African climate forecasts, and a summary of RVF-focused activities in East Africa. The next newsletter (16/11/2015) will provide updates on the emerging RVF situation in Mauritania, as well as offer African climate news updates, and a link to a high-level conference aimed at building resilience for this year’s major El Niño event.
If you would like to receive newsletter updates, please contact us at RVF@fao.org. You can also use the same email if there is some RVF-related information that you would like us to share with the RVF group.