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Public Health Aspects, Networking and Training

Training and Technology Transfer of Avian Influenza Diagnostics and Disease Management Skills

EC contribution
: € 1 809 133
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/03/2007
: Coordination Action
: Avian influenza, training, diagnostic tools, exchange
Project Number
: SSPE-CT-2006-044212


The present worldwide avian influenza (AI) crisis has highlighted the need for comprehensive training and the transfer of technology to EU accession and international cooperation target (INCO) countries with the clear goal of aiding these countries in combating AI with the most up-to-date diagnostic and disease management procedures.

The FLUTRAIN project will first approach the need for training by providing two workshops over the duration of the project that will call on experts in the AI field to pass on their expertise in the diagnosis and management of AI to participants from accession and INCO countries. Training opportunities will also be provided in partner laboratories in order to consolidate the information and practical experience gained during the workshops. In addition, a CD-ROM will be prepared containing essential information provided during the workshops. A website will be developed which will enable participants and the general public to access the training programmes and will include on-line discussion forums between trainees and trainers.

Another goal of FLUTRAIN will be the transfer of technology to accession and INCO countries. This will include the provision of new, simplified and cost-effective diagnostic methods and reagents. It will also involve the transfer of deliverables, both for serological and virological diagnosis, that have been (or will be) developed in three European projects - AVIFLU, Lab-on-Site and FLUAID. Finally, FLUTRAIN will identify and supply funds, in a bilateral manner, for one-off specific support missions that will target specific AI problems in recipient countries.

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