Key achievements to end of March 2010

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Important milestones achieved since SPINAP-AHI inception

  • A total of 12,426,903.68 Euro transferred for activities in target countries to date.
  • Disease surveillance capacity, laboratory systems, including acquisition of equipment and technology, training of human resources & strengthening of bio-security systems achieved in all countries.
  • Collaboration between human and animal health sectors improved including establishment of joint rapid response teams.
  • Awareness creation and communication strategies developed/adopted by all participating countries.
  • Acquisition of information and communication technology by all participating countries.
  • Improvement and testing of emergency preparedness plans through simulation exercises.
  • Management capacity enhanced among national staff involved in the coordination/implementation of the program.
  • Enhanced visibility of AU-IBAR and EU in AU member states.

Key lessons learned

  • Most countries have not allocated budgets for the implementation of their IAPs and must do this to sustain gains realized through the SPINAP-AHI programme.
  • Cross-border coordination of efforts for the prevention and control of diseases is weak and therefore constrains efforts against such diseases. Deriving lessons from this experience, the programme is supporting the development of an Integrated Regional Coordination Mechanism within the RECs to institutionalize disease prevention and control efforts within the building blocks of Africa's integration.
  • Collaboration between animal and human health sectors has been traditionally weak. Though gains have been realized through the SPINAP-AHI programme, resources should be set aside to sustain collaborative efforts and capacity building to further strengthen and advance inter-sectoral collaboration and synergy in African countries in line with the "One World, One Health" strategic framework.