A regional training workshop on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases (TADs) for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region was recently organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the framework of the surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) and Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported by the European Union and USAID/KEA respectively from 12-16 December 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. The training received technical support from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO ECTAD-Eastern Africa.
The overall objective of the training program was to enhance knowledge and skills of veterinary epidemiologists from Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases.
The following were the specific objectives:
- To improve knowledge on the importance of risk analysis and risk mapping for animal health decision making,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for analysis of cross-sectional survey data,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for developing risk maps using cross-sectional survey data,
- To enhance the practical knowledge of regional epidemiologists on how to utilize risk maps for animal health decision making.
- To validate the risk assessment report and use it as a tool for training.
A total of 25 participants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania attended the training as well as technical staff from AU-IBAR, ILRI and FAO/ECTAD.
The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta who remarked “Accurate data collection and analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping are critical for informed decision making, to inform animal disease control strategies and program; and to attract funding opportunities”. Opening remarks were also made on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy by Prof. James Wabacha. James said that “the training will improve practical skills among participants to undertake epidemiological/statistical analysis and enable them to effectively analyze the Cross Sectional Survey data that they have collected in their countries”.