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Research Project: Applied Epidemiological Approaches to Evaluate the Progressive Control Pathway for Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Endemic Regions

Location: Foreign Animal Disease Research

Project Number: 3022-32000-064-023-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2022
End Date: Jul 31, 2026

The agreement will cover costs and leveraged technical expertise associated with experimental studies investigating Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) ecology and applied epidemiology in endemic regions. The overarching goal will be to investigate strategies, tools, mechanisms, or procedures to support, enhance, apply, or adapt the Progressive Control Pathway for FMDv (PCP-FMD) in endemic settings. The project will be implemented in collaboration with veterinary services in targeted countries with the objective to inform the design and application of science-based solutions for policy implementation. Both parties of the agreement hold extensive subject matter expertise that will be of mutual benefit for the proposed work. The outcome of the proposed work will benefit research interests of the cooperator as well as ARS while directly contributing to meeting milestones and deliverables associated with ARS base funds.

The activities covered by this agreement will include: 1. Identify key partnering official veterinary services (OVS) of countries located in South East Asia and Africa interested in partnering with the ARS and the cooperator. Engagement will be attempted with OVS in 2 countries in Africa (Kenya and Uganda) and Asia (Vietnam and Sri Lanka) with the intention of including 2 countries total in subsequent research. 2. Evaluate the progress made within the country in the progressive control pathway for FMD (PCP-FMD), identifying factors limiting the progression. Apply qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze pre-existing and newly collected data to generate scientific evidence to create policy or practices intended to support progress in the PPC. 3. Analytical methods will include techniques for spatial and risk analysis, to inform the implementation of risk-based approaches to detection and control that would be incorporated into the PCP-FMD. 4. Support dissemination, sharing and publication of research results with other Global Foot-and-mouth Disease Research Alliance (GFRA) members, including attending relevant meeting and gap analyses.