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Strategic Programme 1 : TADs and Zoonoses

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5. AU-IBAR's roles and strategies to achieve desired goals

AU-IBAR is mandated with the coordination of animal resources functions at continental level. This entails liaison with international organizations in all aspects of its mandate and coordination and harmonization of strategies through and between RECs. AU-IBAR also plays a key role in capacity building and provision of technical support, knowledge and expert analyses to Member States. In addition, the role played by AU-IBAR in resource mobilization and advocacy to support the control of TADs and zoonoses have demonstrated the value of AU-IBAR in continental control and eradication programmes. In order to consolidate and further strengthen these roles, AU-IBAR will pursue the following strategies:

  • Develop modalities for more effective partnership with Member States and RECs, e.g. through identification of focal points at REC and national levels.
  • Spearhead the coordination of zoonoses prevention and control through advocacy and strategic investments in capacity building and integrated (joint) programming.
  • Build its own capacity to be able to better support Member States and RECs in their efforts to build institutional, technical and human resource capacities.
  • Create effective partnerships with international organizations with normative roles and functions in animal and public health.
  • Prioritise and categorize diseases and disease control interventions, using internationally recognized scientific tools to embrace an integrated multiple-disease approach.
  • Establish effective institutional mechanisms for the collection of animal health information (from countries using standard protocols on a regular basis and also during emergency situations) and subsequent collation, synthesis and dissemination for use by key stakeholders.
  • Establish a continental mechanism for disease early warning and emergency response for diseases with epidemic/pandemic potential, such as RVF and avian influenza (AI).
  • Spearhead a coordinated approach to the training of veterinarians, including continuing education, minimum standards setting and re-tooling, for effective delivery of related animal and public health services, and strengthening institutional mechanisms for better coordinated execution of animal health mandates at national and REC levels.
  • Facilitate the engagement of private sector actors in TADs prevention and control through private-public partnership strategies that are appropriate for specific local contexts.