MediLabSecure Newsletter n°9
December 2019

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Reinforcing a network is before all a matter of bringing people together around the same sense of belonging. The MediLabSecure multidisciplinary network has been successfully growing since its beginning in 2014 in order to better raise awareness, assess risks, monitor and control emerging vector-borne viruses by promoting a One Health approach in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Sahel Regions! 

This is all together that you will manage to reinforce and ensure its sustainability and ownership for the years to come. 

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In the meantime, the MediLabSecure team wish you all very happy holidays!
MediLabSecure Regional Meeting in Dakar
The Kick-Off Meeting which was held on last July in Paris put the MediLabSecure second phase on track for the next three years and successfully initiated the integration of the new members from Sahel within the network.

To continue on this path, the 1st Regional meeting of the new phase of the MediLabSecure project will be held in Dakar (Senegal) from January 20th-24th, 2020.

Co-organized with the Institut Pasteur in Dakar and bringing together around 60 representatives from all sectors (human and animal virology, medical entomology, public health and veterinary services, modelling and early warning tool) in 8 countries (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia), as well as national and regional stakeholders, this 4-day meeting will be a great opportunity to consolidate this collaborative network of laboratories and public health institutions to further enhance capacity building and strengthen preparedness to vector-borne diseases.

Based on suggestions from Network members in the region, the meeting will be focused on Rift Valley Fever with the usual “One Health” spirit that constitutes the roots of the MediLabSecure project.

A look back at the OHEJP Summer School 2019

MediLabSecure was present to the last One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP) Summer School which was held in London in August 19th-30th,2019.

The OHEJP, which aims to enhance the operationalization of One Health, shares common values with the MediLabSecure project. In this context, the Public Health working group was invited to their last summer school to deliver a presentation on the promotion of the One Health concept in the context of MediLabSecure that provided to students a better understanding of the complexity of health challenges and how to use a One Health approach to address these.

ICSSD Conference 2019
The first ICSSD NRC-Grenoble INP International Conference on Science and Sustainable Development was held in the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt on September 16th-19th.
The MediLabSecure project was presented during this 3-day conference focused on the latest scientific and technical advances in science under the theme: "There can never be sustainable development without science", aiming to explore the potential of science in designing sustainable solutions for the future generations.
19th SIDiLV Conference
The coordinators of the public health working group were present to the 19th Società Italiana di Diagnostica di Laboratorio Veterinaria (SIDiLV) Conference which was held in Matera, Italy from October 23rd-25th.
Dedicated to deepening the impact of the environment on health, primary production, food safety and production processes, this event also focuses on biosafety and veterinary epidemic emergencies, this focus gave the Public health working group the opportunity to present a case study on the One Health approach promoted in the framework of the MediLabSecure project  as a strategy for tackling emerging health challenges related to arboviruses  in an integrated way.
Seminar "capacity building in medical entomology for Sahel countries"
A seminar gathering representatives from Sahel countries has been organized by the medical entomology working group in the Centre National de la Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP), in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from October 29th-30th, 2019.

EU CBRN National Focal Points Round table Meeting
in Tirana
Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) initiative, the National Focal points Roud table Meeting for the South East & Eastern Europe SEEE) Region was held in La Hulpe in Tirana, Albania from November 5th to 7th.
MediLabSecure, which is funded by the European Union and conducted under the umbrella of the EU CBRN CoE initiative, contributes to mitigate biological risk related to emerging vector-borne viruses by strengthening and harmonizing preparadness and response capacities in the Mediterranean, Black Sea & Sahel regions.
In line with this objective, the project took part in the meeting in order to foster interactions and collaborations with the representatives of the EU CBRN CoE initiative in the SEEE Region to better contribute to stability and peace in the EU neighbouring countries by supporting health security against common health threats and bio-safety-related risks at national and regional levels.
Medical entomology regional training on
vector identification & surveillance
The first workshop of the second phase of the MediLabSecure project for the medical entomology working group took place at the Laboratory for Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad, Serbia on September 16th-19th.
First human virology workshop on NGS Data Analysis
The first workshop of the second phase of MediLabSecure for the human virology working group was held on October 7th-11th 2019 in the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
Co-organized with the Center of Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology (C3BI) from the Institut Pasteur, this 4-day training focused on data analysis for Next Generation Sequencing technology for diagnostics purposes and gathered 12 participants from three working-groups: human virology, animal virology, and medical entomology.
 Second medical entomology workshop "Introduction on mapping & modelling"
The second workshop of the Medical Entomology working group entitled "Introduction on mapping and modelling" took place in the Institut Pasteur of Algeria from October 13th to 17th, 2019.
Multisectoral Risk Assessment Exercise on Rift Valley Fever
The Public Health working group will organize a Multisectoral Risk Assessment (MRA) Exercise during the first regional meeting in Dakar, in next January 21st, 2020.
Focusing on Rift Valley Fever, this exercise will aim to foster small group discussion on surveillance integration of this pathogen in the framework of One Health. It will be adressed to the participants from all sectors from the five Sahel countries members of the network (Burkina faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal).
Moreover, representatives from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia who already took part in the MRA Exervise in Tunis in 2017 will collaborate in the design and implementation of the exercise. This "Training of theTrainers" approach will be the opportunity to consolidate their capacity to facilitate the implementation of new similar exercises in their respective countries.
 Workshop "Outbreak investigations: new molecular tools for the identification of viral pathogens"
The second workshop of the human virology working group entitled "Outbreak investigations: new molecular tools for the identification of viral pathogens"  will take place at the Institut Pasteur from March 16th to 20th, 2020.
This workshop will present new approaches and "Point-of-Care" approaches to molecular investigations of viral and arboviral diseases.
 MediLabSecure countries study visits
In the next few months, the Public Health working group  will start the preparatory activities for the country studies visits to be performed in 2020 and 2021. These visits involving human, animal and entomology sector will aim at assessing surveillance systems, data availability training needs for enhancing predictive and early warning capacity for arbovirus infections in three selected countries of the network. 
AIM-COST annual conference 2020
The 2nd AIM-COST Annual Conference will be held in Lisbon from February 12th-13th.
This 2-day Conference will be focused on Surveillance of Aedes Invasive Mosquitoes in Europe. In particular, sessions will be dedicated to surveillance and risk mapping, monitoring of insecticide resistance and gaps and solutions for harmonization and improvements of European policies and guidelines
Contact for registration:
Preliminary agenda
Educational video on Public Health
« Why is it important to monitor arthropod-borne diseases ? », « How has the Public Health network facilitated One Health collaboration in the Mediterranean region? »
This new educational video conceived by ISS and the Institut Pasteur, highlights in 3 minutes the key role of Public health and the importance of One Health approach in the surveillance of vector-borne diseases.
  Public Health explained in motion design from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
Discover also the animal virology, human virology and medical entomology videos on our Vimeo page and do not hesitate to share them all to promote the One health approach beyond the project!
MediLabSecure Vimeo page
MosKeyTool - Sahel
Gathering representatives from Sahel, the  2-day meeting organized by the medical entomology working group in Ouagadougou was the opportunity to introduce them the activities of the medical entomology working group  that will be carried out throughout the next two years.
In this perspective, the launch of MosKeyTool-Sahel will be the occasion to participate in the development of a common tool, useful for mosquito species identification in the Region.
This novel interactive key  will be an identification tool intended to help people (entomologists or not), to identify the species of a mosquito specimen.

MoskeyTool-Sahel Specifications
Mosquito Factsheets
A toolkit containing mosquito factsheets developed by the medical entomology working group has been produced in collaboration with IRD.
This educational and practical toolkit supports field work by providing an easy access to the characteristics of 10 different mosquito species (short description, distribution, transmission, vector surveillance, etc.)
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from Infravec2
Scientists and Public Health professionals may be able to directly benefit from Vector Biology research resources provided by the Infravec2 consortium at no cost (paid for by the European Commission).
Resources include Vectors (mosquitoes, sandflies & ticks—infected and uninfected), Services (sequencing, screening) Facility Access (experimental infection, behavior & physiology) and Training (secure insectary methods, vector genomics, personalized courses). Researchers worldwide are eligible to order. 
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 Medical entomology newsletter #20

In addition to the MediLabSecure newsletter, specific newsletters dedicated to the medical entomology working groups activities are also regularly released, and can be accessed on this page of the MediLabSecure website.

Enjoy reading the 20th edition released in December 2019 to keep you updated of what's going on within the network!

   medical entomology newsletter #20
Transboundary animal diseases in Sahelian Africa
and Connected Regions
This book primarily focuses on the African Sahel region, shedding new light on the epidemiology, socio-economics, clinical manifestations and control approaches of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) in this specific region.
In addition to the description of TADs in Sahelian Africa and connected regions, several issues regarding the burden of TADs, the role of national/regional/international veterinary organizations in the surveillance process, animal mobility, one health and TADs in the dromedary are discussed.

Download the pdf version
Chapter 2. Introduction to medical & veterinary entomology
A medical and veterinary entomology book must be a help to: (1) the taxonomist, called upon to identify arthropod vectors and pests; (2) the epidemiologist, who is concerned with health issues associated with arthropods and transmitted infectious agents; (3) the hygienist, who is responsible for the control of these arthropods.
In this second chapter entitled "Introduction to Medical and Veterinary entomology", Vincent Robert, research director at IRD and medical entomogist, continues the reflection initiated to provide answers to the three fundamental questions of medical and veterinary entomology: which arthropod is of concern to us? Is it a nuisance and/or a vector? What are the possible control methods?
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