A major component of the AU-IBAR mandate is the control of transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses.
Since the 2003 H5N1 outbreaks in China and later on, in Europe and Africa, AU-IBAR has been actively involved in efforts to support its prevention and control interventions in Africa through the Support Programme for Integrated National Action Plans against Avian and Human Influenza (SPINAP-AHI). SPINAP-AHI was a three and half year programme executed by AU-IBAR with funding from the European Union. It was developed in response to the escalating global threat of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), especially its introduction into Africa in 2006.
With the leadership of AU-IBAR in collaboration with other technical organisations and key global actors, African countries developed Integrated Action Plans (IAPs) against HPAI and mobilized resources for its prevention and control efforts. SPINAP-AHI was a major Pan African intervention against HPAI, supporting the implementation of IAPs/INAPs.
SPINAP-AHI's strategy was to facilitate the implementation of short term emergency preparedness components of IAPs/INAPs of participating countries. Support by the programme was based on individual country needs and priorities. AU-IBAR ensured technical support, coordination and quality assurance throughout the implementation process.
Collaboration and synergies
Influenza programmes and activities at AU-IBAR were designed to dovetail with the global strategies for the prevention and control of Avian and Human Influenza. In the execution of the SPINAP-AHI and other AHI projects, AU-IBAR worked closely with the ALive Platform, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and national authorities through their veterinary and public health departments. SPINAP-AHI also collaborated closely with other partners, notably the European Union (EU), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Gesellschaft Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and other donor-supported HPAI interventions in Africa.