The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project in partnership with ICPALD organized a technical back-stopping workshop for ARIS Administrators in the IGAD region in Naivasha, Kenya from 9th to 10th June 2015. The workshop discussed means of strengthening capacities in individual countries for data handling and sharing livestock information. Among others, countries shared updates on the status of ARIS II functioning and operations. A total of 13 participants drawn from Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda AU-IBAR and IGAD attended the workshop.
In his welcome remarks, Dr Solomon Munyua, Acting Director of the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) welcomed Member States (MS) to the workshop. He recognized the importance of data management performed by the ARIS II Country Administrators especially in informing planning for animal exports and animal breeding. He noted that MS needed to embrace management of animal resources data with seriousness to help them determine investments for national governments. Dr Munyua expressed his concern about the low status of reporting in MS that is affecting the planning process for governments that normally depends on accurate information. He appealed to MS to collect data and submit it in a timely manner.
In his opening remarks, on behalf of the Director of African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources – Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, Dr Joseph Magona recognized the continued partnerships between AU-IBAR and IGAD/ICPALD and MS regarding development of animal resources in the region. He reiterated the fact that agriculture in general and livestock in particular are amongst the most important drivers of the economies of the IGAD Member States, and employ a large proportion of their population. He emphasized that development of these sectors requires qualitative, complete and timely data and information to support monitoring, planning and decision making. He stated that the ARIS technical back-stopping workshop was intended to provide MS with technical corrective service regarding animal health data collection, collation and analysis in preparation for sharing. He encouraged MS to embrace utilization of ARIS at various levels to promote effective management of livestock data.
The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health Project (SMP-AH) held a national workshop from 1st to 3rd June 2015 in Juba, South Sudan. Its main aim was to roll out ready Standard Methods and Procedures (SMPs) for FMD, PPR, RVF and brucellosis to veterinary stakeholders within South Sudan to create awareness in order to foster smooth implementation of the SMPs. This initial workshop brought together key players in animal health services mainly from the public sectors who are engaged in livestock and wildlife services. In addition, the workshop reviewed the status of livestock diseases in the states and their control and also discussed avenues to promote local and export trade in livestock and livestock products. A total of 39 participants drawn from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Departments of Veterinary Services in eight states, Wildlife Services, pharmaceutical companies, FAO-South Sudan, ICRC, AU-IBAR and IGAD attended the workshop.
In his remarks, Dr Joseph Magona, on behalf of the Director, AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, appreciated efforts made by the Government of South Sudan in general and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in particular in organizing the SMP roll-out workshop. He highlighted the substantial contribution livestock resource make towards the national economy, food security and livelihoods of communities. He further noted that transboundary animal diseases (TADs) continue to affect livestock production and trade in the region. He stated that the SMP roll-out workshop was intended to disseminate ready SMPs, namely, FMD, PPR, RVF and brucellosis to all national stakeholders in order to initiate implementation at national level. Finally, he encouraged all livestock stakeholders in South Sudan to embrace the implementation of the SMPs for FMD, PPR, RVF and brucellosis during implementation of disease control programmes and regulation of trade in livestock and livestock products.
In his opening remarks, Dr Jacob Korok, Director General of Veterinary Services for South Sudan, pointed out the importance of the project and how the project will benefit the country.
The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) Project organized a bilateral cross-border meeting for the Kenya-Ethiopia border from 18th to 21st May 2015 in Nanyuki, Kenya under the auspices of AU-IBAR and IGAD/ICPALD. Its main objective was to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cross-border collaboration on disease surveillance, information exchange, disease control, and trade in livestock and livestock products. A total of 32 participants drawn from Ethiopia, Kenya, AU-IBAR, IGAD, FAO and Kenya Red Cross attended the meeting.
In his welcome remarks, on behalf of the Acting Director of the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD)-Dr Solomon Munyua, Dr Ameha Sebsibe noted that several cross-border activities have been conducted in the region but are not coordinated. He noted that IGAD and AU-IBAR work in partnership to implement SMP-AH activities tailored towards coordination and harmonization, and especially identifying common issues between countries and concretizing actions with bilateral agreements.
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- SMP-AH Project holds a review workshop on project implementation during 2014 and a planning meeting for 2015 in Addis Ababa