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Updated version of the Rift Valley fever mapping tool released

29 July 2016 - In 2014, FAO compiled and categorized past, ongoing and future projects on Rift Valley fever (RVF) and the involved vectors into one database. Now, FAO is releasing the third version of this dynamic database, which FAO intends to update regularly by sharing it with the RVF community. Readers who have any comments or are aware of projects which are missing from the database are invited to contact us through the e-mail address found in the file, providing us with the link to the project website and/or with the information necessary to fill the fields.

The idea of the database was to enable researchers, veterinary and public health services, as well as policy makers to quickly find information about the different research areas, partners involved, scope of work, time span and geographical coverage. Open access to such information will help in the planning of future projects, allowing for the possible identification of partners and knowledge gaps, while avoiding duplications. The project compilation was carried out within the framework of the Vmerge project, “Emerging, Viral Vector-Borne Diseases”, a research consortium funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission from 2013-2016, that focuses on viral vector-borne diseases in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and West Africa.

There are many projects studying RVFV, its vectors and epidemiology, and the means to prevent and control its spread. They focus on early warning (through RVF forecasting models), surveillance, vector control, animal immunization, raising awareness, and more. Overlaps in topics, research methods, partners, timing and target region unavoidably exist. An overview of these projects accessible to all researchers involved, allows planning future projects based on what was already done and funded. It will also help creating new multidisciplinary partnerships.

The compiled projects are the result of thorough searches on Google, Google Scholar, Science Direct and Medline, as well as in FAO's project documents. The focus of attention lies on projects from around the year 2000 to those planned for the future. The Vmerge consortium and external RVF experts have reviewed and added to the compilation annually over the past 2 years.

The project mapping tool is presented in the form of an Excel file with projects classified by category in separate spreadsheets. The first spreadsheet (KEY) contains an overview of all categories; one can navigate to these category sheets via direct links provided in the KEY. The final spreadsheet (TOTAL) is an overview of all the projects contained in all category spreadsheets. We recommend using the Find function <ctrl+f> to search the sheets by keyword and terms. The project mapping file will be placed on the FAO website and is also accessible through the Vmerge website.

For more information on FAO and Vmerge see here  or the Vmerge website. For more information on the project mapping, see the link to the RVF Project mapping file.


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