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EPSRC Reference: EP/T003782/1
Title: GCRF Vector-borne disease control in Venezuela Network
Principal Investigator: Grijalva, Dr MJ
Other Investigators:
Llewellyn, Dr M
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Department: School of Biological Sciences
Organisation: Pontifical Catholic Uni of Ecuador
Scheme: UKRI
Starts: 20 September 2019 Ends: 19 September 2021 Value (£): 151,773
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomedical sciences Globalism and Development
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
28 Mar 2019 GCRF GE Networks Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Over the last two decades, Venezuela has entered a deep socioeconomic and political crisis. Once recognised as a regional leader for public health and vector control, Venezuela's healthcare and health research infrastructure has fallen into a state of collapse, creating a severe humanitarian crisis and an unprecedented outbreak of vector-borne disease. The 'Global Challenges Research Fund Vector-borne disease control in Venezuela Network' (GCRF VeConVen Network) will support Venezuelan and regional vector-borne research, develop innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to addressing vector-borne disease control in challenging settings, and provide training for Venezuelan early career researchers to rebuild local research capacity. In the context of the current vector-borne disease emergency, high prevalence of infection, as well as the lack of adequate treatment, is negatively impacting health and welfare of communities especially in Venezuela, but also in Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador with knock-on effects for livelihoods and education. Cooperation among regional research scientists is vital to promote evidence-based interventions to deal with the current crisis. The GCRF VeConVen Network will create a forum to feed-forward and engage with regional health ministries, non-governmental and international bodies to improve health and welfare in these Official Development Assistance recipient countries.
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