Peste des petits ruminants

The PPR Global Research and Expertise Network (PPR-GREN)

The PPR Global Research and Expertise Network (PPR-GREN) is an inclusive and dynamic network of PPR experts and researchers. It is open to individuals and institutions to join, on a voluntary basis, in order to direct their expertise towards achieving Global Freedom from PPR by 2030.

The PPR GREN was established in 2018 to stimulate exchanges and build partnerships between scientists and other stakeholders interested or involved in the PPR GEP. Its main activity is an annual meeting, first held in Vienna (Austria) in 2018 and then in Nairobi (Kenya) in 2019. The 3rd annual PPR GREN meeting was held virtually 9-12th November 2020.

The PPR GREN aims help inform the GEP based on the latest information and innovations, and to identify research priorities needed to support the GEP. It consults with the PPR Secretariat, policy-makers and other stakeholders to disseminate knowledge and advocate for evidence-based policies that help support the success of GEP.

The PPR GREN comprises almost 250 experts worldwide (from more than 50 research institutes or laboratories) and is divided into four Thematic Groups, as follows:

  • Vaccines and vaccination strategies
  • Wildlife Hosts
  • Atypical Hosts
  • Socioeconomics

A GREN Bureau, composed of five individuals including an elected Chairperson, is tasked to help coordinate and advise on the activities of GREN, working with the focal points of the four thematic groups and the PPR Secretariat.

The United Nations Rome Based Agencies Group of Permanent Representatives “Friends of PPR-GEP” aims to: i) advocate during FAO governing bodies for keeping PPR GEP high on the agenda, ii) liaise with resource partners and other stakeholder to invest more resources for the eradication of PPR by 2030.