To conduct surveillance in wildlife for zoonotic pathogens, a basic level of in-country capacity is needed. Field samples must be collected, transported to diagnostic labs and analyzed for identification of known and novel pathogens.
Through PREDICT, more than 1,600 people have been trained in these roles, creating an extensive field/laboratory infrastructure and a substantial, long-term wildlife surveillance footprint.
Our capacity building efforts have led to improved cold-chain infrastructure in remote areas, new field and diagnostic protocols, development and roll-out of universal quality-control materials for labs and the formation of One Health task forces that include PREDICT personnel and other collaborators.
The four main programmatic areas of PREDICT are functionally integrated: