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Veterinary experts validate standard methods and procedures in animal health at workshop held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July to 1st August, 2014

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants of the SMP validation workshop held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July-1st August, 2014.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants of the SMP validation workshop held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July-1st August, 2014.Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) remain one of the major challenges to livestock trade in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region. To address these challenges, AU-IBAR and IGAD, with financial support from USAID are implementing the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project in nine countries in the GHoA namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is aimed at harmonizing procedures for detection of and response to specified trade‐significant TADs among participating countries so as to provide regional uniformity through the use of the Standard Methods and Procedures approach.

A three- day workshop was held from 30th July to 1st August 2014 to validate four SMPs developed by the project. The main objective of the workshop was: To consider, enrich and validate the SMPs of PPR, FMD, Brucellosis and RVF to ensure that they add value to national and regional disease surveillance and control in support of enhanced regional and inter-regional trade in livestock. As well as discussing the four SMPs, the workshop also helped to create awareness and foster networking of veterinary experts from the GHoA in support of cooperative and collaborative regional control of the TADs.

The workshop was officially opened by Dr Juma Ngeiywa, the Director, Veterinary Services, Kenya, who emphasized the need for the IGAD region and participating Member States on the project to have a unified approach to TADs control. He highlighted the challenges of livestock resources in Kenya as transboundary diseases, livestock raids and lack of vaccination. Dr. Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health Officer - AU-IBAR, representing the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of livestock resources to the GHoA. Estimated at about 438 million ruminants, livestock resources contribute significantly to the region's economies, food security, livelihoods and poverty reduction. Dr Soumare cited several challenges that hamper development of the livestock sector in Africa including poor policy environment, recurrent droughts, animal diseases and failure to meet SPS standards as required by trading partners. Outlining the purpose of the SMP-AH Project in controlling livestock diseases and ultimately promoting livestock trade in the GHoA region, he acknowledged the financial support of USAID to AU-IBAR and the partnerships of FAO-ECTAD, IGAD and OIE in implementing the project. Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, representing the Director ICPALD-IGAD reported that IGAD was ready and willing to support the implementation of SMPs. Mr. Isaac Thendiu, the USAID representative, urged the SMP-AH project to produce products that would withstand the competing needs for funding and translate into tangible benefits for communities. He emphasized the need to expedite the implementation of country activity plans.

A total of 40 participants came from the GHoA countries, namely Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC, FAO-ECTAD, ICPALD-IGAD and the OIE also participated. The technical experts included Chief Veterinary Officers, the SMP Technical Working Group and national implementation teams.

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Validation workshop for standard methods and procedures in animal health held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July to 1st August

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants of the SMP validation workshop held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July-1st August, 2014.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Participants of the SMP validation workshop held at AU-IBAR, Nairobi, Kenya, 30th July-1st August, 2014.Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) remain one of the major challenges to livestock trade in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region. To address these challenges, AU-IBAR and IGAD, with financial support from USAID are implementing the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project in nine countries in the GHoA namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is aimed at harmonizing procedures for detection of and response to specified trade‐ significant TADs among participating countries so as to provide regional uniformity through the use of the Standard Methods and Procedures approach.

A-3 day workshop is underway from 30th July to 1st August 2014 to validate the SMPs developed by the project. The main objective of the workshop is: To consider, enrich and validate the SMPs to ensure that they add value to national and regional disease surveillance and control in support of enhanced regional and inter-regional trade in livestock. The workshop is discussing four specific SMPs for PPR, FMD, Brucellosis and RVF, while at the same time creating awareness and fostering networking of veterinary experts from the GHoA in support of cooperative and collaborative regional control of the TADs.

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Final Communiqué - Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans.A workshop to develop the SMP-AH country activity plans was held in Kampala Uganda as from 25th February to 1st March 2014. Twenty participants from seven participating countries, namely, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda attended the workshop. The participants were drawn from Epidemiology and Laboratory Units as well as from Vaccine Production Institutes of KEVEVAPI and NVI. In addition, other participants were drawn from AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID. The workshop was officially opened by Dr Nicholas Kauta, Chief Veterinary Officer for Uganda. AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID remarks were respectively delivered by Dr Hiver Boussini, Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR; Dr Joseph Magona, Veterinary Epidemiologist, AU-IBAR/ICPALD; and Mr. Isaac Njoro Thendiu, Regional Resilience Advisor, USAID/East Africa.

The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss the development of Country activity plans for the implementation of the SMPs to achieve a regionally coordinated and harmonised disease surveillance and control.