Learning the lessons of Rift Valley fever: Improved detection and mitigation of outbreaks
This project has two components: (1) participatory assessment of Rift Valley fever (RVF) surveillance and rapid response activities and (2) economic impact assessment and identification of cost-effective mitigation measures. The first component is aimed at assessing the 2007 outbreak of RVF in Kenya in order to identify key lessons on how to better predict, detect and respond to RVF. This will also provide information on how to better engage decision-makers to act promptly and appropriately in response to future outbreaks of the disease. The second component will leverage the information generated from the participatory assessment towards developing tools that improve risk management and decision making for future RVF outbreaks. This will facilitate planning of governmental and non-governmental preparedness, develop better contingency plans and better inform public policy in case of subsequent outbreaks in terms of the impact of uncontrolled disease and cost-effectiveness of measures.