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Strategic Programme 1 : Animal Health, Disease Prevention and Control Systems

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Key result areas

1. Veterinary governance and animal health systems strengthened

The institutional environment in most of the veterinary services in AU MSs is not favorable to the provision of affordable, accessible and sustainable quality veterinary services. This is mainly a result of weak policy environment and inadequate investment in the sector.

Under this result area, AU-IBAR will support MSs to reinforce good governance of veterinary services and strengthen core competencies in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the OIE PVS evaluations. This will include:

  • Support to RECs, regional organizations and MSs in mapping,analysing, formulating and harmonizing animal health policies, legislation and strategies;
  • Facilitate the establishment and operationalization of national and regional livestock policy dialogue platforms (hubs) for sustainable stakeholder-wide review, formulation of policies and legislation;
  • Improve and expand accessibility of animal health services to livestock producers through broader participation of private sector and outreach services;
  • Improve skills and knowledge of both private and public animal health professionals through training and capacity development. Interventions will build on previous achievements and established institutional structures to ensure sustainability;
  • Promote good veterinary governance including appropriate policy and legislative frameworks, human and financial resources and physical infrastructure;
  • Strengthen core competences of the national and regional animal health institutions mostly in the fields of disease surveillance, reporting, diagnostic, emergency preparedness and response;
  • Facilitate the engagement of private sector in the delivery of animal health services through enhancing public-private-partnerships;
  • Strengthen capacities of RECs and MSs for disease information management and reporting, and for the utilisation of ARIS as well its inter-operability with global and regional information systems;
  • Support MSs and RECs to identify knowledge gaps, develop/customize tools and access new technology to enhance disease surveillance, diagnosis and control;
  • Collaborate with relevant partners and academic institutions in developing and implementing training programs and continuous learning curricula for animal health personnel, in order to improve the technical and managerial capacity of animal health systems.