PAHEF Seeks Funding to Further Fight Against Meningococcal Disease
SIREVA II: Improving Surveillance and Characterization of Meningococcal Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean Region
Phase II: Detection, Risk-Assessment, Information and Response
Since 2008, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) began collaborating with technical experts at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen successful regional surveillance systems such as the Antimicrobial Resistance Network or the Surveillance System for the Bacterial Agents Responsible for Pneumonia and Meningitis (SIREVA II), which is continuing to collect relevant laboratory and epidemiological data on Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Neisseria meningitidis. The real extent of its devastation—the financial cost and the cost of lives—has yet to be truly identified—and you and your company can help us.
PAHEF is seeking more than $2 million (one or more donors) in funding for the next phase of the project to strengthen the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory-based surveillance of meningococcal disease in Latin America and the Caribbean for SIREVA II, Phase II.
Acquiring this information will be of paramount importance for policy makers to identify the most appropriate preventive measures against the disease in Latin American countries, as well as providing information on whether a vaccine formulation specifically designed to target disease control in LAC is needed. But the possibilities are limitless. Information will be used at a global level and also for strengthening Patient Care and the Surveillance of Meningococcal Disease under the International Health Regulations (IHR).
Critical health measures, such as upgraded treatment, international life-saving vaccine protocol or a strengthened non-governmental agency, require evidence-based surveillance prior to execution. Therefore, surveillance is still needed for LAC. Via the SIREVA II network, PAHO will continue to make improvements, as we have since the program’s onset. With adequate funding, we will be able to lay down a pipeline of research, enabling ourselves to defend lives, communities, and economies against disease.
Download the PAHEF/PAHO SIREVA II Executive Summary to learn more.
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