Progress and Activities

The launch meetings of each of the consortia will be a key step and an opportunity to really explain the idea and philosophy of this approach and hear what the partners and research sites think of this and what they would like to see happen. It will be important to establish the ethos of enabling a franchise, meaning that this is about providing research teams with a mechanism for sharing what works, addressing their training gaps and speeding up their work by working with others. This is not in any way about ‘giving’ anything over, but a method for linking, exchange and building knowledge and capacity.

The Global Health Network (TGHN) coordinates REDe, which is the Bill and Melinda Gates Funded platform within which REDe is located online. The TGHN team will initiate, support and facilitate getting REDe up and running across Latin American and the Caribbean by discussing the project with the regional staff and wider partners and in parallel supporting this online working space for REDe.

Initial work will involve understanding the gaps and needs and then setting priorities for research capacity building around REDe; this will be achieved through building consensus between the research sites, their teams and all the Zika consortia and TGHN team.  Once the initial sites are working together cohesively on the activities specified below, further sites will be invited to join the network, in turn inviting others and thus encouraging a ‘snowballing’ effect which will bring together the research community by engaging the sites in common activities which will ensure the success and sustainability of the preparedness network.
 

Current progress and activities (23/03/2017):

Activities

Progress

Contact heads/research coordinators of regional study centres through the studies leaders within each consortia and its component WP’s through the appropriate people within each consortia.

 

  • Initial conversations have been conducted with Project Management (PM) teams for ZIKAction, ZikaPLAN and ZIKAlliance
  • As they are collated, PM’s are beginning to share study team contact details with REDe team
  • Construction of consortia-wide database of PI and project leads underway
  • Consortia-wide ‘networking’ map created and charted to EU proposals
  • Consortia PM teams disseminating outline summaries (attached for reference) for posting on websites and ‘introduction to REDe’ video to partners in the region.
  • REDe team currently sending follow-up tailored emails to PI’s to progress engagement.

Recruit Capacity development coordinator

  • REDe team expansions: candidates identified and interviews will be conducted for the CDC position in early April

Release Knowledge hub web space for REDe

 

Next step: to marry with account registration process and publish ‘researcher’ profiles = enable avenues for contact and encourage collaboration                       

  1. Links to current resources
  2. Link to Professional Membership Scheme
  3. *New* REDe blog is currently planned and will be available by end of March
  4. *New* REDe video created showcasing this new networking and explaining to sites how to get involved https://rede.tghn.org/about/

Recruit/identify local coordinators who will act as regional faculty leads or coordinators

 

ZikaPLAN

  • Initial invitation to participate made to contact in Honduras (currently arranging contract with centre in Tegucigalpa for coordinator to work on REDe activities and network with local groups. Individuals identified and milestones agreed.)
  • Initial invitation to participate made to contact in Colombia  
  • In response to follow-up w/ZikaPLAN team – identified potential RFC in Brazil (TBC)

ZIKAction

  • Consortia PM team disseminated outline summaries as part of tailored WP 8 email to partners.
  • REDe team to follow-up - initiate conversations and invite to participate.

ZIKAlliance

  • TL has reached out to ZIKAlliance to discuss regional coordinators as part of their work packages; still waiting for introduction to regional site teams and potential coordinators.

Set up regional network with 3/4 main sites initially – teleconferences to agree plans and collaboration

ZikaPLAN

  • First set of plans in Honduras underway for REDe activities, which will include creating a network of local research groups, identifying gaps in training, determining research resources and sharing online, and arranging workshops
  • Initial call with WP 1 Research Teams (Recife, Brazil). Next step: to run through the platform with the team via Webinar
  • Other sites working on ZikaPLAN to be contacted in the coming week.

ZIKAction                          

  • Consortia PM team disseminated outline summaries as part of tailored WP 8 email to partners.
  • REDe team to follow-up - initiate conversations and begin identifying potential coordinators

ZIKAlliance

  • TL has reached out to Zika Alliance to discuss regional coordinators as part of their work packages; still waiting for introduction to regional site teams and potential coordinators

Plan objectives and activities of each faculty centre

 

ZikaPLAN

  • Objectives and milestones for Honduras centre underway; this will include initial meeting and workshops, as well as joining in a symposium at a major international parasitology conference in August.
  • Other centres will be contacted in the coming week

ZIKAction

  • REDe to initiate conversations with partners post-introduction by PM team
  • Start identifying centres and willing coordinators

ZIKAlliance

  • TL has reached out to ZIKAlliance to discuss regional coordinators as part of their work packages; still waiting for introduction to regional site teams and potential coordinators

Plan which docs need to be shared on web platform (thus populating both the individual consortia’s websites and REDe’s shared hub)

Oxford team have conducted an initial assessment and shared a number of useful documents, templates etc from other areas of The Global Health Network.

 

ZikaPLAN

  • ZikaPLAN WP 1 study teams done initial exploratory assessment of REDe/TGHN:
  1. Propose greater proportion of resources are available in Portuguese/Spanish
  2. Networking map needs to enable/facilitate direct contact with other research teams

Formal launch of REDe knowledge use – demonstrate functionality, eLearning courses, Core Competencies - through a series of lunchtime seminars at sites

 

ZikaPLAN

  • Pilot Webinar proposed with ZikaPLAN WP 1 teams (Recife, Brazil)

ZikaPLAN, ZIKAction, ZIKAlliance:

Next steps:

  • Plans to create an open-access webinar and run it several times so that teams in other research sites can join and hear about REDe, and how to get involved. Planned for late April following initial Recife calls.
  • We need active engagement from the study leaders and proper engagement from the study site staff.

Initiate review of educational tools currently available

  • Will commence once Capacity Development coordinator in place

Set up initial workshop(s), potentially around community engagement

ZikaPLAN

  • Workshop planned for Honduras in May around Research Capacity Development and Community Engagement. 2 half-day workshops are being devised.

ZIKAction

  • No current update; need engagement from study leaders

ZIKAlliance

  • No current update; need engagement from study leaders

Coordinator to begin sustainability plan for REDe based on discussions and activities so far

  • Will commence once Capacity Development coordinator in place

Initiate Reciprocal Monitoring training at sites

 

  • Oxford team currently collating documents and resources required for this to create a reciprocal monitoring toolkit which is ready to roll out in the field, with an oversight committee who can provide guidance to groups utilising the scheme in the field.
  • We are waiting for active engagement from the sites, which can only happen through positive facilitation from the study leaders

This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.s 734548, 734584, 734857