RCZI Conducts Workshop on Research Prioritisation in Indonesia

As a follow-up to the South Africa workshop on research prioritisation, RCZI was invited to facilitate a joint international workshop on the setting of research priorities in zoonoses prevention and control at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The workshop was held from 15th to 18th March, 2016 in collaboration with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

The workshop was part of the activities of the Strategic Network on Neglected Diseases and Zoonoses (SNNDZ) which aims to develop international coordination while leveraging the One Health approach to meet zoonotic challenges. RCZI is a member of the network. Other participants included country investigators from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana and South Africa, in addition to representatives from India and Belgium.

Country investigators presented details of the progress made since the last meeting through a Process Implementation Analysis. A Barrier Analysis was done to identify barriers in implementing the protocol in the local context. Interim findings were presented based on data collected till date. The deliberations at the workshop are expected to help develop a strategic research agenda for the prevention and control of zoonoses in the participating countries and to reach a better understanding of risk factors, trends and complexities surrounding the issue.

The meeting concluded with finalisation of the framework for pre-analysis processing of data, setting revised deadlines for deliverables, outlining a publication plan for each of the countries along with a broad presentation plan for the concluding workshop which will coincide with the One Health Conference, scheduled in Melbourne in December, 2016.