A national SMP roll-out workshop for Tanzania was held at Royal Village Hotel in Dodoma, Tanzania from 5th to 8th May 2015 to roll-out ready SMPs for FMD, PPR, RVF and brucellosis to veterinary stakeholders in the public and private sectors engaged in livestock and wildlife within Tanzania for purposes of creating awareness and initiating implementation. The workshop attracted 60 participants from Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development at the Headquarters, Zonal Veterinary Centres, Regions and Local Government Authorities, Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency, Veterinary Council of Tanzania, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Meat Board, AU-IBAR and IGAD.
In his welcome remarks, Dr Joseph Masambu, on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer, Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA), welcomed participants and Dr Joseph Magona representing AU-IBAR and the SMPAH project. He stressed the importance of the laboratory as a tool for disease surveillance and disease control. He appreciated the key benefits accruing from the project such as capacity building in disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and reporting, laboratory management, and development of SMPs for nine priority TADs. He highlighted the role of laboratories in disease surveillance and control and the role TVLA plays in the implementation of SMP-AH Project in Tanzania.
In his remarks, Dr Joseph Magona, on behalf of the Director, AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, thanked the Government of Tanzania in general and Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development for organizing the SMP roll-out workshop for Tanzania. He noted the huge livestock resource in countries in the Greater Horn of Africa, including Tanzania and the challenge of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) that continues to affect livestock production and trade in the region. He stressed that the SMP roll-out workshop was intended to disseminate ready SMPs, namely, FMD, PPR, RVF and brucellosis to all national stakeholders in order to initiate implementation at national level. He hoped that all livestock stakeholders in Tanzania would embrace the implementation of the SMPs during implementation of disease control programmes and regulation of trade in livestock and livestock products.