Launch of the Laboratory for Major Tropical Epidemics (LAGET) in Chad: Strengthening the capacity for epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and diagnosis of endemic or emerging infectious diseases in Central Africa


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  • Franck Mennechet International Scientific Committee LAGET; Pathogenesis and Control of Chronic and Emerging Infections, University of Montpellier, INSERM, Établissement Français du Sang, Antilles University, CHU Montpellier, Montpellier, France.
  • Laurent Andreoletti International Scientific Committee LAGET; EA-4684 Research Laboratory, UFR Médecine, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne and Virology Department, CHU Reims, Hôpital Robert Debré, Reims, France.
  • Giulia Cappelli International Scientific Committee LAGET; CNR Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Joseph Fokam International Scientific Committee LAGET; Chantal BIYA International Reference Centre for Research on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Management (CIRCB), Yaoundé, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon.
  • Jules-Roger Kuiate International Scientific Committee LAGET; University of Dschang and Evangelical University of Cameroon, Dschang, Cameroon.
  • Ali Mahamat Moussa International Scientific Committee LAGET; University of N’Djamena, N’Djamena, Chad.
  • Jacques Simporé University of Ouagadougou Ki-Zerbo, Centre de Recherche Biomoleculaire (CERBA), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • Rodrigue Takoudjou Dzomo International Scientific Committee LAGET; Complexe Hospitalo-Universitaire Le Bon Samaritain, N’Djamena, Chad.
  • Judith Torimiro International Scientific Committee LAGET; Chantal BIYA International Reference Centre for Research on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Management (CIRCB), Yaoundé, University of Buea, Buea, Cameroon.
  • Nicaise Ndembi Editor-in-chief, Nigeria.
  • Vittorio Colizzi Editor-in-chief, Italy.

In an increasingly interconnected world, with the devastating effects of climate changes and humanitarian crises, pandemics and emerging infectious diseases are more likely to become our daily reality. When it comes to health care, sub-Saharan Africa faces more challenges than most other regions of the world, including lack of funds, precarity and poor infrastructures. Yet, these areas are most often on the front lines of infectious threats.


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Mennechet, F., Andreoletti, L., Cappelli, G., Fokam, J., Kuiate, J.-R., Moussa, A. M., Simporé, J., Takoudjou Dzomo, R., Torimiro, J., Ndembi, N., & Colizzi, V. (2023). Launch of the Laboratory for Major Tropical Epidemics (LAGET) in Chad: Strengthening the capacity for epidemiological surveillance, monitoring and diagnosis of endemic or emerging infectious diseases in Central Africa. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 13(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2022.2457

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