FINAL REPORT ON STRENGTHENING THE ISCTRC AND ITS SECRETARIAT AU HEADQUARTERS SEPTEMBER 24 2005
At the 30th meeting of the Executive Committee of the ISCTRC, it was observed that its work is hampered by the lack of permanent and complementary staff in the secretariat to implement its mandate and provide technical and scientific support to the present challenge posed by the establishment of PATTEC and the coordination of its initiators. After exhaustive deliberation it was decided that a sub-committee be set up to examine the problem and make recommendations for implementation by the African Union. The sub-committee is composed of the following:
- A. Ailemobade (PAAT)
- Rob Bagnall (CHAIRPERSON: ISCTRC)
- J. P. Kabayo (PATTEC COORDINATION)
- S. Haile-Mariam (SECRETARY ISCTRC)
- R. Mattiolli (FAO: ROME)
- U. Feldmann (FAO/IAEA)
- Pere Simarro (WHO)
- George Chizyuka (FAO, RAFR)
- I. Sidibe
- J. Maitima
- G. Murilla
- F. Oloo
- R. K. Saini (ICIPE)
- Charles I Mahama (RAPPORTEUR)
The sub-committee examined the mandates of both the ISCTRC and PATTEC and agreed that there is an urgent need to strengthen the secretariat of ISCTRC. There was general agreement on the assertion that the
ISCTRC had the potential to be one of the technical advisory bodies of PATTEC and in fact could function in that capacity. The meeting recalled that the ISCTRC has been a driving force behind the establishment of PATTEC and therefore has a role as a major stakeholder. While PATTEC provides the political forum for policy and implementation of activities aimed at T&T, the ISCTRC deals with advocacy, information dissemination, technical, coordinating scientific and control/eradication issues, as well as organizing the biennial conference.
Three major concerns were noted namely:
- That PATTEC was not sufficiently equipped, technically and scientifically, to implement the programme on a continental scale without additional support.
- That the ISCTRC Secretariat did not have the capacity, in its present form, to fully harness the technical expertise available in the technical and scientific community to respond to the increasing demands of PATTEC and member countries.
- That the current level of collaboration between the ISCTRC and PATTEC was not adequate to optimize existing synergies.
Recognizing the original mandate of ISCTRC to coordinate tsetse and trypanosomiasis Research and Control,
The sub-committee RECOMMENDS:
- That Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union strengthens the ISCTRC Secretariat, in AU-IBAR, through the creation of a full time secretary with scientific background for the ISCTRC. The secretary will ensure the day-to-day administration of the ISCTRC and other issues related to its mandate and will also serve as the liaison between the ISCTRC, PATTEC and PAAT. In addition adequate secretarial support be provided.
- That adequate resources (financial and logistic) be provided through annual budgeting to enable the secretariat function optimally.
- That the work of the ISCTRC Secretary be facilitated by the recruitment of short-term consultants, when necessary, to deal with the various facets of T&T interventions.
- That capacity building through regular training needed by both PATTEC and ISCTRC be given top priority in resource allocation especially in those countries implementing PATTEC initiatives. In this respect, the bringing together of Directors of Veterinary Services of African countries and the training of technicians be resumed as a means of increasing the rate of implementation of ISCTRC recommendations and also enhancing the collaboration between the ISCTRC and PATTEC.