A mobile laboratory to fight against Ebola

10/03/2015

The EUWAM-Lab European Project, aimed at fighting against the Ebola epidemic, is implemented by a consortium steered by Expertise France that provides Ebola-affected countries with a mobile laboratory equipped for diagnostics. The keys of the truck were officially handed over within the framework of the "Ebola: From emergency to recovery" International Conference which gathered, upon initiative from the European Commission, about 80 delegations and 600 participants, on the 3rd of March in Brussels.

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Caption : Visite du laboratoire mobile en présence d'Annick Girardin, secrétaire d'État au Développement et à la Francophonie
Visite du laboratoire mobile en présence d'Annick Girardin, secrétaire d'État au Développement et à la Francophonie

The EUWAM-Lab Project, with a value of 2.6 million euros, is funded by the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Centres of Excellence Initiative, and was launched in September 2014. Expertise France, the leader of the consortium, is in charge of the project administrative, financial and contractual management. Inserm, Institut Pasteur, Institut Pasteur in Dakar and Fondation Mérieux are ensuring technical steering.

The aim of the project is to reinforce diagnostic capacities in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa by using this mobile laboratory. This laboratory houses a Class III microbiological security post, which will be rolled out for in situ interventions in the framework of the Ebola epidemic and/or any other hemorrhagic fever epidemic in the region. The project also includes the training of staff in its use.

The mobile laboratory is on its way to Guinea.

By Simon Bouchet
March 2015

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