Rinderpest Challenge Rules

ARTICLE 1: Purpose of the Rinderpest Challenge

In February 2017, the OIE initiated the development of a new rinderpest awareness campaign. The “Never turn back” campaign is dedicated to assisting the 181 OIE Member Countries in keeping the history and impact of the disease alive. As part of this campaign, the OIE developed a serious game that aims to help our world remain free from rinderpest, by ensuring that the memory of this disease is still vivid even though it has been eradicated and particularly that key players in animal health are fully aware of the role that they still have to play in this post-eradication era.

Players will be both in the shoes of a veterinarian and a laboratory technician. As a veterinarian, the player will have to detect rinderpest among other similar diseases or not-so-similar pathologies called distractors on a worldwide scope. Firstly, the player will have to choose a case on the world map and then make differential diagnoses based on clinical signs, sometimes shared with rinderpest. Once the examination is done, the player will make a tentative diagnosis that will be validated. If it is wrong, the player will have to further develop the examination to find the correct diagnosis. As a laboratory technician, the player will help other laboratory technicians throughout the world with RVCM management while trying to unravel the truth concerning the virus outbreak.

As worldwide renowned expert, the player will travel the world to stop the propagation of rinderpest. The player will have to use acquired knowledge to solve veterinary cases and help with RVCM management while trying to understand what caused the reappearance of rinderpest.

ARTICLE 2: The Rinderpest Challenge

• Duration: 4 weeks
• Start date: 4 October 2018
• End date: 1 November 2018
• Winner announcement: 6 November 2018

Participation in the Rinderpest Challenge is free and can be done by accessing the dedicated website of the Rinderpest “Never Turn Back” Campaign via www.rinderpestvigilance.com and/or via mobile by downloading the dedicated mobile application on the App Store (by Apple) and the Play Store (by Google).

To take part, players must:

  1. Access the game via online or mobile application;
  2. Create a session with a valid email address and password;
  3. Select a county and field of work;
  4. Accept the rules and terms and conditions of the game.

The Rinderpest Challenge is a four-week challenge that will be launched in 4 October 2018 and ends in 1 November 2018. Individual players will be part of the team from the country chosen during the creation of their account and will play against other participating countries. All participating countries are selected from the OIE Member Countries list.

During the four weeks of the challenge, new rinderpest cases will appear in the game scenario; players need to find them by making diagnosis of the different animals around the world, as well as playing the different laboratory scenarios. Every time a diagnosis is correct or a questionnaire in a Laboratory Scenario is answered correctly, the player will accumulate points into the game’s leader board. Once the challenge is finished, the country that has accumulated the most points in the leader board (by adding the points of each individual player that has previously selected the country) will win the Rinderpest Challenge. The individual player from the winner country that has accumulated the most points for its country will win a special award, as described in article 5, under the second point.

Documentation on the rinderpest disease is available at all times in the different libraries set on the game map to be use as reference when needed.

The winner of the Rinderpest Challenge will be announced on 6 November 2018 on the dedicated website of the Rinderpest “Never Turn Back” Campaign: www.rinderpestvigilance.com

An additional announcement of the winner country will be made during the opening ceremony of the upcoming OIE General Sessionin May. Individual players of the winner country will be notified in advance by email.

The Rinderpest Challenge is free and open to the public. The OIE encourages veterinary students who are enrolled in any of the faculties of veterinary medicine of an OIE Member Country, as well as Laboratory practitioners working at a laboratory centre located in one of the OIE Member Countries, to participate.

ARTICLE 3: Deadline

The deadline to play the Rinderpest Challenge is the 1 November 2018.

ARTICLE 4: Winner recognition and award

1. The country that has accumulated the most points in the Rinderpest Game’s leader board (by adding the points of each individual player that has previously selected the country) will win the Rinderpest Challenge.

Recognizing the winning of the country will go as follows:

  • A certificate that validates the winner country as the country that has freed the world from rinderpest will be sent to each individual player via email by using the email address used to create their account.
  • Each individual player of the winner country will be invited to send a photo of them holding their certificate to the email address communication@oie.int. Players are not obliged to send their photo, if they do the photo will be used
    exclusively as explained in point c.
  • A compilation video of all the photos sent will be shown during the opening ceremony of the upcoming OIE General Session in May 2019 with the objective of awarding the winner country and the players that made possible the win in front of the OIE delegates and participants to the event.

2. The individual player from the winner country that has accumulated the most points will be awarded with the benefit to attend the upcoming OIE General Session in Paris, France.

The benefit of the award includes:

  • Attending to the upcoming OIE General Session (26-31 May 2019), including an economy class plane ticket (roundtrip) and accommodation in the city*, both designated by the OIE.
  • Introduction in stage of the video during the opening ceremony of the OIE General Session.
  • Possibility to attend to the presentations during the OIE General Session (limited the sessions open to journalists).
  • Guided tour to the OIE headquarters in Paris and meeting with the OIE Rinderpest team.

The winners of the Rinderpest Challenge (country and individual player) will be announced on 6 November 2018 on the dedicated website of the Rinderpest “Never Turn Back” Campaign via www.rinderpestvigilance.com additional announcement will also be made on the OIE official website, OIE social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and via email.

*Visa arrangements, as well as food and transportation during the stay in Paris will not be managed by the OIE.

ARTICLE 5: Availability of the rules

These rules are available on the dedicated website of the Rinderpest “Never Turn Back” Campaign: www.rinderpestvigilance.com.

ARTICLE 6: Personal data

In its role as data controller, the OIE will process the personal data of participants in accordance with current regulations.

The participants’ data will be collected and processed by the OIE Communication Unit for the purposes of the game, as well as by third-party service providers acting as subprocessors, whom the OIE may resort to for data processing.

This processing is necessary for the legitimate aims of the OIE, which includes managing the registration and participation of the participants in the game, contacting the winners, and providing information by email on the “Never Turn Back” Rinderpest Communication campaign.

Participants have the right to access their information, to correct and update it and to erase it. In addition, they have the right to restrict its processing, to object to its use and to data portability, within the conditions and limits set down in the regulations. To exercise these rights, participants can contact the OIE at the following address: communication@oie.int

In the event the participant exercises his/her right of opposition to the use of his/her data before the end of the game, the participant waives his/her right to participate in the game.

For more information, please refer to the following page: www.rinderpestvigilance.com

ARTICLE 7: LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Participants acknowledge that participation in the Rinderpest Challenge is over the internet and mobile networks and so the quality and availability of the dedicated website or application may be affected by factors outside the OIE’s reasonable control.

The OIE does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for unavailability of the website or application, or any difficulty or inability to download or access content or any other communication system failure which may result in the website or application being unavailable.

Participants expressly acknowledge and agree that any and all use of the dedicated website and/or mobile application is at their sole risk. Accordingly, the OIE will not be liable for any damage or alteration to participants’ equipment including but not limited to computer equipment, handheld device or mobile telephones as a result of the use of the dedicated website or installation or use of the mobile application.