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.
The success story of the ongoing implementation of the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project in the Greater Horn of Africa prompted the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to invite AU-IBAR to participate in the Regional Workshop for the development of an SMP-AH Programme for the SADC Region, held on 9-11 September 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The SADC region wished to learn lessons from AU-IBAR in the development of the SADC SMP-AH programme-an issue conceived during the SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) Meeting that was held in Botswana from 10-12 June 2014.
The main objective of the workshop was to develop a SADC SMP-AH programme with a view to addressing identified gaps and needs in Departments of Veterinary Services regarding the promotion of stable regional and international trade in livestock and livestock products.