Better Research for Better Health

University of Oxford and Fiocruz partner to improve health research and capacity development globally

A new strategic partnership between Fiocruz and The Global Health Network will amplify the impact of Fiocruz’s health research and capacity development initiatives by promoting research capacity building across Portuguese-speaking countries, and enabling Read more

Zika COS Study Online Survey

The Zika COS study team are asking for researchers, clinicians and healthcare workers who are involved in the research or care of babies, infants and children with congenital Zika virus or congenital TORCH infections, to complete an online qualitative survey. Read more

Chikungunya Outbreak Response

In response to the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) Outbreak a new area on the Global Health Network has been setup to provide researchers and health professionals working on CHIKV tools and resources to aid their research. Please check for more details ... Read more

Important call for action: Chikungunya Outbreak

Researchers in Brazil want to share that there have been 40 confirmed deaths from Chikungunya in Fortaleza. This is a significant increase in both mortality and the severity of the disease. The Fortaleza research team are part of the REDe ... Read more

Standardized Research Protocols for Zika

CONSISE and Zika

CONSISE and the Institut Pasteur were asked to draft six standardized research protocols for Zika. Our expertise in rapidly drafting such technical documents, summoning and incorporating technical input have allowed us to support efforts to harmonize epidemiologic and clinical research ... Read more

Zika Virus Updates

News and Media

New studies highlight Zika presentation in kids, veterans
30 May 2018 | CIDRAP
Psychosocial support is key in the Zika response
29 May 2018 | IFRC

Fewer babies were born in Brazil amid Zika outbreak, study says
29 May 2018 | CNN

Information Portals

Brazilian Ministry of Health's epidemiology portal




The laboratory algorithms developed by our Zika working group are part of the draft WHO protocols, and we acknowledge that they require further revisions.
Please check this page regularly for the most up to date versions of our Zika research tools and CRFs.

PAHO guidance - Zika Ethics Consultation

PAHO have just released their document on their Ethics Guidance on Key Issues raised by the Outbreak. Ethical duties in the domains of health care delivery, public health activity, and research are explained. A Spanish version will be published next week.


Zika virus strains available from UK National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses

The UK National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses have a Ugandan strain of Zika virus available for international research. Virus culture and RNA formats are available. See more information here. They will soon have a strain isolated from Puerto Rico available too.


Updated Zika Virus CRFs now available!

Updated ISARIC/PREPARE Case Report Forms for Zika Virus (version 5.2) are now available. Updates include changes to ensure that no data field is left blank and implementation of recommendations from colleagues.

Access the English versions

We have also finalised the Spanish translations for Version 5.2.

Access the Spanish versions

Portuguese and French translations will be available shortly. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns about these CRFs.

Zika virus and potential complications - WHO questions and answers

The WHO have created a list of common questions and answers (updated 10 March) with an accompanying video.

WHO statement on the 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus was held by teleconference on 8 March 2016, from 13:00 to 16:45 Central European Time.

The Lancet: Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to new evidence from French Polynesia

This is the first study providing evidence for Zika virus infection causing Guillain-Barré syndrome. Because Zika virus is spreading rapidly across the Americas, at risk countries need to prepare for adequate intensive care beds capacity to manage patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome. See the article here and an editorial here.

The High Stakes of Fighting Zika: the Virus Challenging Public Health Systems

The African Society of Laboratory Medicine weighs in on diagnostic capacity in Africa, and the need for a more readily accessible test for Zika virus.

CDC encourages following guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus

Because these new reports suggest sexual transmission may be a more likely means of transmission for Zika virus than previously considered, CDC issued a Health Advisory Notice (HAN) today to underscore the importance of adhering to the interim guidance published on February 5.

Global scientific community commits to sharing data on Zika (English)

Thirty-three leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible.