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Veerle Vanlerberghe

  • Keywords:B680-public-health, B680-epidemiology, B780-tropical-medicine, B720-medical-training
  • Users of research expertise:

    DENGUE control:

    •  DENCO, project with several European, South-East Asian and Latin-American partners, financed by the European Union, November 2005-October 2009 (contract INCO-517708)

      • Part project I was involved in: Evaluation of the effectiveness, acceptance of distribution, long-term use and cost-effectiveness of curtains and water container covers treated with a long-lasting insecticide for the control of dengue. Cluster randomized trials took place in Thailand and Venezuela.

    •  DGD-ITM Framework agreement, part institutional collaboration with Institute of Tropical Medicine, Pedro Kouri, Havana, Cuba, part dengue (2003-today)

      Research projects where I was/I am involved in:

    1. Evaluation of the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and sustainability of a participatory approach of environmental management to prevent and control dengue. Quasi-experimental studies and a cluster randomized controlled trial were set up in various locations in Cuba and followed up over two to five years. (Completed)

    2. Evaluation of the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptance of curtains treated with a long-lasting insecticide or indoor residual insecticide spraying in comparison with routine interventions to control dengue. Cluster randomized controlled trial was set up in Guantanamo (curtains only) and a three-arm trial in Santiago, follow up over 2 years period. (completed)

    3. Identification of dengue transmission hot-spots and evaluation of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of an implementation strategy that targets dengue transmission hot-spots,  study identified and set up by the network 'DENTARGET' with researchers from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba (ongoing).

    •  DGD-ITM Framework agreement, part institutional collaboration with Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB), Democratic Republic of Congo:

    1. Epidemiological study: The public health importance of dengue and chikungunya transmission in Kinshasa, 2014-2016

    2. Entomological study: Surveillance of Aedes mosquitoes in 4 urban communes of Kinshasa (DRC), 2018
    •   DGD-ITM Framework agreement, part institutional collaboration with B.P. Koirala Institute for Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Dharan, Nepal: Evaluation sentinel surveillance system for dengue in Eastern-Nepal, 2014-2016

    •  Co-organisation of international research network on innovative strategies for dengue prevention and control (DENTARGET), since 2013 until today: The network was set up with the objective to design and evaluate new effective and cost-effective dengue control strategies. This multidisciplinary research network brings together policy makers and academics with extensive experience in dengue from several Latin American countries (FIOCRUZ and national control programme Brazil; CIDEIM and University CES Colombia; Institute of tropical medicine (IPK) Cuba; University Merida (UADY) Mexico) and ITM, Blegium.

     LEISHMANIA control:

    • KALANET, project with several European partners and with India & Nepal, financed by the European Union,  September 2005-August 2009 (contract INCO-CT 2005-015374)

      Part project I was involved in: Evaluation of the effectiveness and acceptance of bed nets treated with long-lasting insecticide to control Leishmania infection. The cluster randomized controlled trial took place in Nepalese and Indian districts endemic for leishmaniasis.