Our Response

The 2017 Plague Outbreak in Madagascar drew international attention due to the high level of infections in densely populated areas and the unusually high prevalence of pneumonic plague.

GloPID-R mobilized early and activated its Response Plan, which is the network’s mechanism for a prompt and coordinated response by funders. Its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) identified several research priorities and GloPID-R members then agreed on the most pressing of them.

Because the epidemic was contained, most of the needed research projects could not be implemented. But, upon a general call for assistance, two GloPID-R members (DFID and Wellcome Trust) mobilized immediate funding to assist Institut Pasteur to set up a “survivors” cohort. This project will be key to provide a meaningful evaluation of the outbreak and understand its clinical and immunologic history.

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