Even though bioinformatics and genomics are relatively new biomedical disciplines, they have already made important contributions to the health of patients and populations. Bioinformatics and genome sequencing ca-pacity in Ethiopia is however extremely limited. African scientists are well positioned to play an important role in sequencing-based surveillance and research because the cost of sequencing technologies has dropped dra-matically, internet connectivity is constantly improving, and bioinformatics software tools are often freely availa-ble. We propose to develop sustainable capacity in bioinformatics and sequencing surveillance and research through an academic collaboration between Ethiopia, South Africa and Belgium. We selected topics of local public health importance: hospital acquired infections, vector borne diseases and tuberculosis. For these dis-eases, sequencing can significantly improve diagnostics, surveillance and control, thus contributing to better health of the population of Ethiopia.
VLIR UOS Joint project, 150.000€
Promotor: Van Rie Annelies
1/01/2018 - 31/12/2020
Epidemiology and social medicine (ESOC)
Flemish project leader: Jean-Pierre Van geertuyden (University of Antwerp)
Local project leader: Wanzahun Godana
Project within the Institutional cooperation with Arba Minch University (AMU), Ethiopia
Flemish programme coordinator: Roel Merckx (KU Leuven)
Local programme coordinator: Guchie Gulie Sulla
Phase I started on 1 January 2017.
Flemish project leader: Annelies Van Rie (University of Antwerp)
Local project leader: Delenasaw Yewhalaw
project within the Network cooperation in Ethiopia
Coordinating university: Jimma University (JU)
Other partner universities:
Debre Zeit College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture
Flemish programme coordinator: Luc Duchateau (Ghent University)
Local programme coordinator: Kora Tushune (Jimma University)
Phase 1 started on 1 January 2017.