Signing of the MoUs and approval of the action plans
By the second semester 2006, five countries had signed their MoU's with AU/IBAR and had their respective action plans approved - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger and Chad. Togo signed in February 2007. The third quarter of 2007 saw the signing by Mali, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria and Djibouti. They each received a first advance of 168 750 US$ to start their programme while Mali received 100 000 US$ only. Sudan signed on 18 August 2008 and the first tranche disbursement of the reallocated grant is being processed by ADB.
Chinese Technical Assistance
Under the new CHINA-AFRICA partnership, and considering that China experienced a HPAI epidemic caused by H5N1 in 2004, AU/IBAR received an expert mission whose objectives were:
- To develop recommendations for the setup of an adequate epidemiological surveillance network.
- To improve the capacity building of African national laboratories in the early diagnosis techniques of the disease.
- To train African experts involved in the prevention and control of HPAI.
This mission lasted 6 months (30 March - 29 September 2007). The experts were divided into two teams:
- West Africa (Benin, Ghana, Togo and Mali)
- Eastern Africa (Djibouti, Kenya, and Sudan)
Financial report (as of 30 June 2008)
Apart from Sudan which has neither signed an MOU nor sent an Action Plan, all the other beneficiaries have received a first tranche of US$ 168, 750. Mali received US$100, 000 but is yet to start its programme - see table 4.
AU-IBAR has received a total of US$ 2, 699, 985 from ADB. The disbursement to beneficiary countries is US$1, 787, 500.
Tables 1 and 2 give the real situation of the grant in respective countries and the overview of the financial situation on AU-IBAR level.
Table 3 makes an activity analysis in terms of to assist in the readjustment and reorientation of the National Emergency Action Plans.