RCZI's EcoHealth study followed an interdisciplinary methodology and study protocol, which emphasised a unique,intersectoral approach to understand JE transmission. The study provided a detailed backdrop of potential socio-demographic, behavioural and operational risk drivers affecting JE transmission in an endemic area. These factors may affect JE control measures, and their understanding would therefore be critical for further success.
As the findings of the study emerged, the inter connectedness of several important drivers of JE transmission and disease outcome became very clear. Accordingly, the ERCG realised that the issue of JE/AES could not be suitably addressed till a certain level of multisectoral coordination between departments, agencies and public health professionals was achieved. For this, a platform had to be created where all those interested in JE could converge, share information and resources, demonstrate their own successes and learnings and update one another on the latest developments in the field of research, activities and other initiatives.
RCZI’s own website (http://zoonoses.phfi.org/about_RCZI.php) was launched in October, 2010 already had a section on priority zoonoses, detailing basic information on JE (http://zoonoses.phfi.org/Japanese_encephalitis.php). With the successful culmination of the abovementioned study and the findings that emerged, it made perfect sense to further expand the existing JE information on RCZI’s website with a more detailed, in-depth, well thought out microsite that could educate, inform, strengthen linkages and health seeking behaviours and finally contribute to lowering incidence of JE in endemic areas in the country and in the South Asia region.
JE outbreaks are being reported from previously unknown foci. Further, encephalitis outbreaks of other aetiologies in endemic areas have only added to their complexity. For programme managers, researchers and community health professionals, access to accurate and updated information is key to planning interventions and other relief measures.read more