An international conference on one of the top five most damaging animal diseases in Africa, Middle East and Asia will be held from 31 March to 2 April, 2015 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
The "FAO and OIE International conference for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)" will bring together world veterinary experts to discuss and adopt the global control and eradication strategy prepared by the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) Working Group on PPR.
The aim of the conference is in harmony with the recommendation made during the FAO-OIE GF-TADs Global Steering Committee held in Paris, in October 2012, requesting that the Global GF-TADs Working Group activities be extended to PPR with the task of developing a PPR Global Eradication Strategy and organizing an international conference to launch the PPR Control and eradication programme.
PPR is a widespread, virulent and devastating disease of small ruminants with significant economic, food security and livelihood impacts. Its eradication will go a long way towards improving the lives of millions of poor farmers, globally.
The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is supporting the participation of delegates from 25 African countries that are either infected by PPR or are at risk by sharing borders with PPR-infected countries. AU-IBAR will be represented by the Director, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy and animal health experts from the SMP-AH, STSD, VET-GOV projects and Trade and Marketing unit.