African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET) : an African network by African scientists

Show simple item record Lazarus, David D. Afolayan, Funmilayo Ibitayo Deborah Mamo, Gezahegne Dinga, Jerome Nyhalah Akinbobola, Jones Duedu, Obeng Tshifhiwa, Nefefe Kassa, Tesfaye Nene, Vish Dieye, Yakhya Oumouna, Mustapha 2021-07-15T10:31:47Z 2021-07-15T10:31:47Z 2020-09-16
dc.description.abstract We write to introduce the African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET) as a new network of African research scientists involved in vaccine research and development (R&D) for human and animal diseases. The goal of this network is to promote and build capacity for early phase vaccine R&D in Africa in order to stimulate the development of innovative solutions to combat diseases that affect the continent. This will be achieved by bringing together different stakeholders in vaccinology and related sciences in Africa to identify and prioritise gaps in vaccine development for both human and animal diseases and to promote sound ethics, biosafety, biosecurity and animal welfare practices, facilitate the mobility of students and early career researcher between research institutions and universities in Africa through south-south collaborations and address the gender imbalance in the scientific workforce. The African continent has for decades suffered the social and economic consequences of several infectious diseases. Examples include the recent spate of infectious disease outbreaks as seen with the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [1], Lassa fever in Nigeria and Liberia [2,3], cholera in some parts of Nigeria [4], yellow fever in Angola, the DRC, South Sudan and Nigeria [5-7] and measles and Rift Valley fever in some African countries [8,9]. In addition, there are continual loses in livestock productivity due to, e.g. African trypanosomiasis, ticks and tick-borne diseases and lack of access to global markets due to the presence of trans-boundary diseases such as contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, foot-andmouth disease and African swine fever. Hence, there is an urgent need for a sound framework for R&D towards developing novel and effective vaccines for human and animal diseases. en_ZA
dc.description.department Production Animal Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lazarus, D.D., Afolayan, F.I.D., Mamo, G. et al. African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET): an African network by African scientists. Pan African Medical Journal. 2020;37(66). 10.11604/pamj.2020.37.66.21688. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1937-8688 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.11604/pamj.2020.37.66.21688
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher African Field Epidemiology Network en_ZA
dc.rights © David Dazhia Lazarus et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject African network en_ZA
dc.subject Vaccine research en_ZA
dc.subject Diseases en_ZA
dc.subject African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET) en_ZA
dc.subject African research scientists en_ZA
dc.subject Research and development (R&D) en_ZA
dc.subject.other Veterinary science articles SDG-3 en_ZA
dc.subject.other Veterinary science articles SDG-17 en_ZA
dc.title African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET) : an African network by African scientists en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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