Mission to Indonesia to participate to the 1st Indonesia- France Seminar in Medicine & Public Health and investigate potential collaborations on animal health : 2nd - 9th of November 2012

Molia Sophie, Gaidet Nicolas, Bourhy Hervé. 2012. Mission to Indonesia to participate to the 1st Indonesia- France Seminar in Medicine & Public Health and investigate potential collaborations on animal health : 2nd - 9th of November 2012. s.l. : s.n., 33 p.

Mission report
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Abstract : Emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases are a major issue in Indonesia. The objective of this mission, funded by the Institut Français d'Indonésie (IFI), was to identify potential subjects of collaboration between CIRAD, Pasteur Institute, and Indonesian universities, research centers, and organizations. Meetings were held in Jakarta, Bogor and Yogyakarta with representatives of FKUI, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, the DICs of Denpasar and Kupang, CIVAS, ICASEPS, LIPI, IPB, UGM, UNUD, and FAO. The mission went very well and had very positive outcomes: we were warmly welcomed by our colleagues, had fruitful discussions and identified promising grounds for future collaborations on zoonoses and emerging diseases. The first field of collaboration could be training. Training modules and exchange of staff and students could be organized quite easily and rapidly, especially through the GREASE regional network for the management of emerging epidemiological risks in Southeast Asia or the Institut Pasteur International Network. Some funds should be available at IFI to initiate such training and exchanges. Two fields of research were identified for a second stage of collaboration: rabies and wildlife health. Regarding rabies, comparative and integrated approaches could be used to address research gaps on dog ecology, inter?islands movements of dogs, knowledge attitude and perception regarding dog ownership and rabies, spatial and temporal dynamics of rabies, and exploration of potential wildlife reservoirs. Ideally, these studies would be conducted in islands with different epidemiological contexts. Flores would be a good candidate to start with as this island has benefited from limited rabies research despite the fact that it has experienced more than 200 human rabies cases since the disease first occurred in 1997. Regarding wildlife health, most of the work conducted thus far pertained to conservation medicine for endangered species. There is a strong will to develop studies on the potential pathogen transmission at the interface between wildlife and human/livestock. A more specific research topic identified was a health risk analysis on pioneering fronts in naturally forested areas, especially where palm oil plantation is associated to livestock farming. The collaboration between CIRAD, Pasteur Institute and Indonesian research teams could therefore be initiated as soon as 2013 by training modules, exchange of students and staff, and participation to GREASE meetings and workshops. Proposals for research projects on rabies and wildlife health could be drafted the same year. Special attention would have to be paid for a good communication with the Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Forestry, as well as FAO and other international research teams working in Indonesia, in order to make sure that there is no duplication of activities. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : L73 - Animal diseases
L70 - Veterinary science and hygiene

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Molia Sophie, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (FRA)
  • Gaidet Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UPR AGIRs (FRA)
  • Bourhy Hervé, Institut Pasteur (FRA)

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