Mérieux Foundation co-organized event

Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) surveillance working group meeting

16 - 18 April 2018 - Les Pensieres Center for Global Health, Veyrier-du-Lac (France)


Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) surveillance working group meeting group

The meeting was an opportunity to present an update on the GTFCC and the Ending Cholera Roadmap and in this context to discuss the engagement of the Surveillance Epidemiology and Laboratory WG in the implementation of the roadmap. Specifically, the proposed objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Provide an update on the GTFCC and the recently launched Ending Cholera Roadmap,
  • For partners and countries to provide an update on activities,
  • Agree on next steps in the mapping cholera hotspots in affected countries to inform the implementation of control interventions,
  • Discuss the role of modelling to inform response to outbreaks and use of Oral Cholera Vaccines,
  • Agree on recommendations for national laboratories for the management of cholera strains including quality assurance,
  • Identify opportunities for coordination with other GTFCC Working Groups.
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Monday 16 April

Tuesday 17 April

Wednesday 18 April


GTFCC update

  • 9:30 – 10:15

    Ending cholera: a global roadmap to 2030,

    Dominique LEGROS

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  • 9:30 – 10:15

    Moving forward with the implementation of the roadmap

    Johanna FIHMAN

Country Surveillance Capacity

The Nagoya protocol

Whole genome sequencing

  • 12:10 - 13:00

    Genomic history of the seventh pandemic of cholera

    Nick THOMSON

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  • 12:10 - 13:00

    Compiled Whole Genome sequencing and outbreak epidemiology data

    Emaline LANEY

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Estimating cholera disease burden

Environmental surveillance: when, where, what and why

  • 09:00-10:00

    Introduction on the rationale for environmental testing and update on discussions to date

    David OLSON

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Update on cholera RDTs

Laboratory Working Group

  • 11:15 - 12:30


    Marie Laure QUILICI

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  • 11:15 - 12:30

    Environmental surveillance methodologies: what tests, when and where? Methodologies and standard

    Michele PARSONS

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  • 13:30 - 14:30

    Molecular testing, whole genome sequencing: access and analysis

    Nick THOMSON

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  • 14:30 - 15:30

    Cholera-specific immune serology testing: use of sero-surveys in the estimation of disease burden, limits and challenges

    Jason HARRIS

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Modelling support in the early detection, confirmation and control of outbreaks

  • 10:15 – 11:00

    Feedback from the Epidemiology WG session and proposed role for the WG

    Francisco LUQUERO

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Way forward - workplan

  • 12:30 - 13:00

    Summary of agreed next steps for the surveillance laboratory and epidemiology working groups

    Johanna FIHMAN

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