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A consensus building exercise is underway for researchers based in Latin America and the Caribbean to help determine a set of core research training curricula. The training curricula would help build local research capacity and preparedness in the event of vector-borne and emerging infectious disease outbreaks in the region.

REDe, the preparedness research capacity network for the three EU-Funded Zika consortia is leading the consensus building exercise as part of its Knowledge Gap Analysis study.

The study aims to determine the key gaps in observational, clinical and laboratory health research capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean. This would help REDe partners and The Global Health Network determine how best to fill these gaps through training and other local research capacity building activities.

REDe was established to support the advancing of rapid and coherent research response to the Zika outbreak by building research capacity. This includes offering resources and training to develop research knowledge, methods, skills and capabilities of researchers and frontline healthcare workers.

An example of where REDe has been key for local research capacity building initiatives is in Honduras. In a video interview, Dr Jackeline Alger, a parasitologist at the Department of Clinical Laboratory of the University Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras shared that students, faculty staff and clinicians have benefited from the e-Learning courses on The Global Health Network, particularly the Research Ethics course. Watch the interview with Dr Jackeline Alger here.

Researchers across Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to take part in the consensus building exercise through a short survey. The survey is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Selected participants will then be invited to participate further in developing the training curricula.

Research Capacity Development Manager, Nina Jamieson, said: “This is a great opportunity for researchers in these settings to tell us what targeted research skills training is needed, informing and contributing directly to the content of a foundation training curricula developed to help meet this demand”

The result of the Knowledge Gap Analysis will be published on The Global Health Network once the project is completed.

If you are a researcher based in Latin America or the Caribbean, or know a colleague who is, please visit or share the following link to take part in the survey:

Your contribution will be incredibly helpful, guiding and determining the development of future training and resources. 

If you have any questions or wish to get in touch please email: