Workshops and Meetings
AU-IBAR organized a meeting on regional coordina-tion mechanisms for Avian Influenza (AI) and other Trans-boundary diseases (TADs) at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Naivasha from 19th to 21st October 2009.
The main objective of the meeting was to review the current coordination arrangements at regional, discuss their strengthening, build consensus and agree on a road map to support the strengthening of coordination of AHI/TADs within and between RECs with key partners, namely World Organiza-tion of Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
A total of 17 participants drawn from the partner organizations, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and IBAR attended the meeting.
Theme: Bridging gaps to sustain and broaden gains in Avian and Human In-fluenza Prevention and Control in Africa
AU-IBAR through SPINAP program organized a continental workshop targeting medical and veterinary directors from all African countries.
The main aim was to inform policymakers on the impact of Avian and Human Influenza (AHI), advocate for more support and better coordination of interventions in Africa, share experiences and lessons learned and build consensus on how to strengthen coordination mechanisms for control and prevention of AHI and other epidemic zoonoses in Africa.
During February and March 2008 the programme coordination unit of SPINAP commenced its work and conducted three regional programme inception workshops in the respective regions.
SPINAP received funding applications from 46 of the 47 eligible countries. The assessments of the applications by SPINAP's programme coordination unit and subsequent deliberations at the inception workshops revealed major differences between the countries in terms of the level of affectedness by HPAI, technical capacity to deal with the effects and approaches to prepare and respond to it.