USAID PREDICT Project
PREDICT significantly contributed to strengthening global surveillance and laboratory diagnostic capabilities for known and newly discovered viruses within several important virus groups, such as filoviruses (including ebolaviruses), influenza viruses, paramyxoviruses, and coronaviruses. PREDICT activities supported emerging pandemic threats preparedness and the Global Health Security Agenda, primarily in Africa and Asia. A decade later, more than 30 countries around the world have stronger systems to safely detect, identify, prevent and respond to viral threats. PREDICT initiated One Health Surveillance, a transdisciplinary collaborative approach to understanding infectious disease risk at high-risk animal-human interfaces, including (but not limited to) those associated with wildlife trade. The PREDICT-trained workforce, including zoonotic disease specialists and laboratory scientists at more than 60 national, university and partner laboratories, is one of the best response resources to assist with safe and secure detection and response to COVID-19 and other emerging biological threats.
Photo Credit: ‘Sampling of bats hunted to sell for food in Cambodia’ by Lucy Keatts WCS