ZIKAlliance, ZIKAction and ZikaPLAN are European Union-funded consortia that work closely to build a preparedness platform in Latin America and the Caribbean. The three consortia collaborate on harmonized protocols for cohort studies of pregnant women, infants and children, common communication strategies and the development of data sharing tools and methodology.
ZIKAlliance is a multinational and multi-disciplinary research consortium comprised of 52 partners worldwide and coordinated by Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. ZIKAlliance is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. The project will investigate clinical, fundamental, environmental and social aspects of ZIKV infection. In particular, ZIKAlliance will focus on the impact of ZIKV infection during pregnancy and the natural history of ZIKV in humans and their environment. In collaboration with two other EC funded consortia (ZikaPLAN and ZIKAction), ZIKAlliance will also work on the development of a preparedness platform in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The ZIKAction research consortium brings together 14 partners across South and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe with the complementary goals of 1) developing a multidisciplinary multinational ready-to-act network capable of rapidly addressing any maternal and paediatric research need arising from (re-)emerging infectious diseases including Zika virus and 2) conducting an interdisciplinary programme of research studies within this network to address key knowledge gaps relating to ZIKV epidemiology, natural history and pathogenesis, with a particular emphasis on maternal and child health. ZIKAction is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and will collaborate on key activities with two other EC funded consortia (ZikaPLAN and ZIKAction).
ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network) brings together 25 leading research and public health organizations in Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe to address the Zika virus outbreak and the many research and public health challenges it poses. The initiative aims to: address the knowledge gaps and needs in the current Zika outbreak to better understand the disease, prevent its spread and educate the affected populations, and build a sustainable response capacity in Latin America for Zika and other emerging infectious diseases (EID).