Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University
Outbreaks of zoonotic arboviral diseases including yellow fever and Rift Valley fever are frequent in Kenya and other African countries. We will apply diagnostic technology developed in Nagasaki University to produce affordable and rapid diagnostic kits including point-of-care (POC) test kits to be used in peripheral healthcare facilities and local communities. These kits will facilitate early identification of disease outbreaks. An outbreak early warning sytem through the use of mobile phones is currently being established to effectively and rapidly relay information from peripheral areas to the central government. In collaboration with WHO and other international organizations, we envisage to share this technology with the neighboring countries to create an international outbreak alert system for rapid containment of outbreaks.