Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) remain one of the major challenges to livestock trade in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region. To address these challenges, AU-IBAR and IGAD, with financial support from USAID are implementing the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) project in nine countries in the GHoA namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The project is aimed at harmonizing procedures for detection of and response to specified trade‐ significant TADs among participating countries so as to provide regional uniformity through the use of the Standard Methods and Procedures approach.
A-3 day workshop is underway from 30th July to 1st August 2014 to validate the SMPs developed by the project. The main objective of the workshop is: To consider, enrich and validate the SMPs to ensure that they add value to national and regional disease surveillance and control in support of enhanced regional and inter-regional trade in livestock. The workshop is discussing four specific SMPs for PPR, FMD, Brucellosis and RVF, while at the same time creating awareness and fostering networking of veterinary experts from the GHoA in support of cooperative and collaborative regional control of the TADs.
A workshop to develop the SMP-AH country activity plans was held in Kampala Uganda as from 25th February to 1st March 2014. Twenty participants from seven participating countries, namely, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda attended the workshop. The participants were drawn from Epidemiology and Laboratory Units as well as from Vaccine Production Institutes of KEVEVAPI and NVI. In addition, other participants were drawn from AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID. The workshop was officially opened by Dr Nicholas Kauta, Chief Veterinary Officer for Uganda. AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID remarks were respectively delivered by Dr Hiver Boussini, Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR; Dr Joseph Magona, Veterinary Epidemiologist, AU-IBAR/ICPALD; and Mr. Isaac Njoro Thendiu, Regional Resilience Advisor, USAID/East Africa.
The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss the development of Country activity plans for the implementation of the SMPs to achieve a regionally coordinated and harmonised disease surveillance and control.