On Renewed Commitment for Accelerated Progress towards Research, Control and Eradication of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Constraint in The African Continent
The 35th Meeting of the ISCTRC and the 18th PATTEC National Coordinators’ meeting held in Abuja Nigeria from 23rd to 27th September 2019 acknowledged that Tsetse and trypanosomiasis (T&T) problem continues to constrain the socio-economic development on the African Continent. While recognizing achievements made for the control and eradication of T&T as declared by Heads of state and Government at AU Summit in Lomé Togo in July 2000 (Decision AGH/Dec.156-XXXVI) such as reduction in Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) cases, the meeting noted with concern the slow progress towards achieving the objectives of T&T control and eradication. A sense of urgency was therefore expressed in tackling the problem to safeguard the gains made on the road to elimination and eventual eradication of T&T constraint.
The meeting urged renewed commitment at all levels towards control, elimination/eradication of T&T constraint.
The meeting emphasized that T&T problem should be tackled within the broader context of One Health, Sustainable Rural development and poverty reduction; urging countries to develop appropriate agriculture transformation strategies in the face of changing climate conditions. Furthermore it was emphasized that new innovative strategies, policies, advocacy and awareness, partnerships and effective coordination are of paramount importance for accelerated progress with clear and achievable milestones agreed upon at country, regional and continental levels.
For the commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the ISCTRC to be marked during the 35th General Conference of the ISCTRC to be held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 23rd to 27th September 2019, a decision has been made to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions, in the last 10 year, towards the mission and values of ISCTRC. These awards will consist of Plaques, Medallions and certificates. Recipients of these awards exemplify excellence and are representatives of the best in their fields. They have consistently excelled in their positions and demonstrated integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of ISCTRC. These awards will be presented on behalf of the Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission and the Thirty Eight (38) countries affected by tsetse flies and human and animal trypanosomiasis.
The recipients were nominated by the ISCTRC fraternity based on a specified criteria and eventually selected by a committee appointed by the Director of AU-IBAR.
Nominees for Awards
Gold Medal, Plaque and certificate
1. Prof Philippe Buscher is a highly regarded Diagnostics scientist involved in developing diagnostic tools that have contributed immensely to the success in the control of Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), focusing mainly on improved diagnosis. Some of the several diagnostics tools he has developed include CAT, mAECT, TDRs, ELISA, PCRs, and Trypanolysis. Prof. Büscher has co-authored more than 170 articles in peer reviewed journals and more than 10 book chapters. He has participated in several European projects and is a member of the World Health Organization Network for Human African Trypanosomiasis Elimination and is steering committee member of the project on African trypananosomiasis of GALVmed. He advises the Scientific Committee of the Belgian Federal Agency for Food Safety on the diagnosis of dourine (T. equiperdum) and is Associate Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Control of Tsetse (SIT)
2. Dr. Marc J.B. Vreysen is recognised for his role in Control of Tsetse (SIT). He has 30 years of experience with area-wide integrated pest management approaches and the sterile insect technique for major insect pests of crops, livestock and human health. His over 30 years of experience has involved 12 years working and living in sub-Saharan Africa, where he guided and advised SIT programmes against tsetse flies, including the successful tsetse eradication programme on Zanzibar Island. He has been working for the FAO and IAEA since 1987, of which the last 11 years as the Head of the Insect Pest Control Laboratory in Seibersdorf.
3. Dr. Udo Feldmann is a recognized Entomologist in Insect Pest Control techniques. He has more than 30 years’ experience in laboratory and field support to tsetse intervention projects, including four years of assignment in East and West Africa. Dr. Udo is recognized for advancing the use of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) for eradication of tsetse flies in Zanzibar and other parts of the continent. A highlight of the work in the past 20 years was the conversion of Zanzibar to a tsetse fly free zone in 1997 by means of an area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) campaign involving the SIT.
12th - 13th September 2019.
The Bureau Meeting and Training workshop on “Enhancing Awareness and Capacity of Women for Small-Medium Enterprises Development in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector” of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET) was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.
The meeting was held from the 12th to 13th September 2019 at Hôtel Belle Côte Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The main objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for bureau members and selected experts for sharing and documentation of best practices in fish processing technology and identification of opportunities for enhancing women Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
The specific objectives were to:
- Establish the status of formation of National networks for women fish processors and traders
- Enhance knowledge amongst AWFISHNET members on the best practices for fish processing technologies, trade and market development
- Exchange information on lessons and best practices in fish processing technologies, trade and marketing
- Compile challenges and opportunities affecting SMEs development for women in fish processing and trade in Africa and develop a capacity empowerment program
- Develop an AWFISHNET’s capacity empowerment program that responds to the needs of the members.
The meeting was attended by 27 participants comprising of twelve (12) AWFISHNET Bureau member countries as follows: Algeria, Cameroun, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia; regional fisheries institutions: Fisheries Commission of the West Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM); selected experts and Resource Persons, Facilitator, and AU-IBAR staff.
The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mr Barthelemy Batieno (PRCM, Senegal) and Mrs Editrudith Lukanga (Secretary General of AWFISHNET).
Dr. SHEP Helguilè, the Director of Aquaculture and Fisheries in the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire facilitated the opening session.