The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kingdom of Swaziland brought together the Working groups responsible for the development and drafting of the Communication & Advocacy Strategy, Veterinary/Livestock Legislation review and Livestock Policy formulation in Swaziland.
The official commissioning of Working Groups was conducted by the representative of the Director and Head of Mission of the AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator (SADC) at Ezulwini on the 23rd September, 2016.
National Action Plans (NAPs) in the Kingdom of Swaziland which had been identified earlier by the National Livestock Policy Hub (NLPH) were to ;
- Develop a Communication and Advocacy Strategy for Improved Delivery of Veterinary & Livestock Services in Swaziland
- Review and Update the Livestock Policy & Veterinary/Livestock Legislation
Over a two day period (12th - 13th December, 2016) a Validation Workshop was held at the Bethel Court Hotel to review the developed Livestock Policy, Communication & Advocacy Strategy and Reviewed Legislation draft documents. These draft documents will be subjected further to a wider audience for validation after the festive season before being submitted to Cabinet.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in the Kingdom of Lesotho brought together the Working Group reviewers who were responsible for drafting of the Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare Bill and the formulation of a National Livestock Policy for Lesotho.
AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator facilitated the implementation of the Kingdom of Lesotho National Action Plans (NAPs) which included among others were: to Review and update Veterinary & Livestock Legislation and to Formulate/review and update Veterinary & Livestock Policy of Lesotho.
The Working group has drafted a new Bill for Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare which is an Act to provide for the protection and promotion of health of animals, to make provision for the control of animal diseases and provision of veterinary services, to provide for the animal production and welfare of animals and for connected matters.
This new Bill has been put in place as a result of Repealing the following pieces of legislation: Proclamation 10 of 1896 (Stock Diseases), Proclamation 57 of 1952 (Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products, Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act. No. 21 of 1984) and the Stock Diseases Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act No. 18 of 1984).
A regional training workshop on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases (TADs) for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region was recently organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the framework of the surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) and Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported by the European Union and USAID/KEA respectively from 12-16 December 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. The training received technical support from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO ECTAD-Eastern Africa.
The overall objective of the training program was to enhance knowledge and skills of veterinary epidemiologists from Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases.
The following were the specific objectives:
- To improve knowledge on the importance of risk analysis and risk mapping for animal health decision making,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for analysis of cross-sectional survey data,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for developing risk maps using cross-sectional survey data,
- To enhance the practical knowledge of regional epidemiologists on how to utilize risk maps for animal health decision making.
- To validate the risk assessment report and use it as a tool for training.
A total of 25 participants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania attended the training as well as technical staff from AU-IBAR, ILRI and FAO/ECTAD.
The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta who remarked “Accurate data collection and analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping are critical for informed decision making, to inform animal disease control strategies and program; and to attract funding opportunities”. Opening remarks were also made on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy by Prof. James Wabacha. James said that “the training will improve practical skills among participants to undertake epidemiological/statistical analysis and enable them to effectively analyze the Cross Sectional Survey data that they have collected in their countries”.