The validation workshop of the Strategic Framework for the progressive control of neglected animal diseases in Africa (SF-PROCNADA) was held in Arusha, Tanzania from February 2nd to 5th 2015, at Naura Springs Hotel. The participants comprised the Directors of Veterinary Services from Tanzania, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, representatives from RECs, namely EAC, IGAD, COMESA, ECOWAS and ECCAS AU-PANVAC, CIRAD, ILRI and FAO and AU-IBAR.
Funded by the SMP-AH and VETGOV programmes of AU-IBAR, the meeting was officially opened by Dr. Abdu Hayghaimo, Director of Veterinary Services of Tanzania representing the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development of United Republic of Tanzania. EAC, FAO-ECTAD, and AU-IBAR remarks were delivered respectively by Dr. William Olaho Mukani, Dr. Sam Okuthe, and Professor James Wabacha.
The meeting objectives were:
- To validate the Strategic Framework-PROCNADA by member states and RECS;
- To develop a roadmap for the development of regional and national level strategies; and
- To initiate efforts for the development of a funded continental programme for the control of selected high priority neglected diseases.
The Panafrican Animal Health Yearbook (PAHYB) is produced annually by AU-IBAR to share information on animal health in Africa and promote transparency in disease reporting. Thus the major content of the Yearbook is the analysis of monthly disease outbreaks based on the reports submitted by AU-MS within the year. A section of the book is devoted to providing information on the interventions carried out by AU-IBAR to improve the animal health situation on the continent through its various projects.
Following the transformation and gradual involvement of AU-IBAR in all other areas development in line with its mandate of promoting Animal Resource development in Africa, this edition of the Yearbook, which has now been renamed "The PanAfrican Animal Resources Yearbook" provides not only the status of animal diseases on the continent, but also information on additional areas of animal resources.
Likewise, the Panafrican Animal Health Yearbook category on the website under publications will be renamed The PanAfrican Animal Resources Yearbook.
Thus as AU-IBAR gradually evolves from a purely Animal Health institution to other areas of Animal Resources, the contents of the Yearbook is equally evolving gradually. In this edition of the book data and information on animal population and fisheries and aquaculture production and trade have been added. Future editions of the book will be expanded to all other areas of animal resources including human resources, trade and marketing, capacity etc, in order to provide more comprehensive information for decision making and give more impetus to inter- and cross-sectoral collaboration.
The new name 'Pan African Animal Resources Yearbook' reflects this expanded mandate. The Animal Resources Information System (ARIS) is one of the tools that has the potential to contribute to this gradual transformation in data management, and will help to streamline reporting and transparency across the continent.
As part of the implementation of the VET-GOV Program, AU-IBAR in collaboration with WAEMU, OIE and FAO organized a benchmarking workshop on the harmonization of WAEMU veterinary legislation from 16th to 18th December 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.
The workshop was attended by chief veterinary officers from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Mauritania, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, representatives from RECs (COMESA, ECCAS and IGAD) and participants from AU-IBAR, OIE, and FAO. The Government of Senegal made all necessary administrative arrangements to facilitate the workshop organization in the best conditions possible.
The workshop was officially opened by Mr Cheikh Tidiane Diop, the Director of cabinet of the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Resources, Senegal, following remarks from Dr Baba Soumare representing the Director of AU-IBAR, Dr Martial Petitclerc representing the OIE and Dr Bouna Diop representing FAO.