Khartoum, Sudan, 8th-12th September 2013
The 32nd International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control Conference was held at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum, The Sudan from 8th-12th September 2013. The theme of the Conference was "Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Research and Control for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development: Promoting Partnership and Learning Agenda in the Context of African Renaissance".
© 2013 AU-IBAR. His Excellency, First Vice President, of The Sudan, Honourable Ali Osman Mohamed Taha while opening the 32nd Conference of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) in Khartoum Sudan on 8th September 2013Over 200 participants attended the meeting and were drawn from 22 African Member States, the African Union Commission, Universities and Research Institutions from all over the world, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Drugs for Neglected Diseases (DNDi) and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicine (GALVmed).
The Conference was officially opened by the First Vice President of the Republic of The Sudan, His Excellency Ali Osman Muhammed Taha. Other dignitaries who also graced the Conference included the Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangeland, Dr. Faysal Hassan Ibrahim, The African Union Commission Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Madame Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the Director of African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, and the Coordinator of African Union Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC), Dr. Hassane Mahamat.
The key note speaker, His Excellency, Ali Osman Muhammed Taha, underscored the import of the joint African Cooperation and the role of Pan Africanism in the development of Africa. He accentuated the contribution of livestock to food security and consequently the obligation of African countries to protect livestock from animal diseases. He encouraged the ISCTRC platform to continue providing the vital information that would aid the fight against T&T.
The Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangeland, Dr. Faysal Hassan Ibrahim, highlighted the negative impact of trypapanosomiasis on rural development of The Sudan and urged scientists and development partners to harness their energies and resources towards a sustainable solution to the problem.
The Director of AU-IBAR Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy, outlined the five broad objectives of the conference as follows:
- information sharing;
- review of T&T control technologies;
- strategies and policy options;
- the identification of research gaps;
- propose recommendations for the next two years.
He also expressed his sincere appreciation for the excellent preparations made by the Government of The Sudan in hosting the conference.
The conference was further inspired through the key note address headlined "Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Research and Control for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development: Promoting partnership and Learning Agenda in the Context of African Renaissance" made by the African Union Commission, Commissioner for Rural Economy, Madam Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. It was appreciated that the theme of the Conference was perfectly aligned with the on-going initiative of developing the Africa Agenda 2063 on a Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.