The Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, iterated AU-IBAR’s commitments towards ensuring IGAD Member States acquire robust strategies and systems to adequately establish and implement animal disease surveillance and reporting mechanisms.
The Director made this remark during an event, which was organized by STSD Project to hand-over a four – wheel Toyota Double Cabin to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Republic of Kenya on July 21, 2015 at AU-IBAR premises. In his note, Professor El-Sawalhy indicated that in addition to technical supports, AU-IBAR strengthens the logistical capacities of countries through provision of cars and motorcycles to make sure that they conduct rigorous disease surveillance and reporting.
Thanking AU-IBAR for its uninterrupted support, H.E. Professor Fred Segor, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, indicated that AU-IBAR has been instrumental in their effort to contain trans-boundary animal diseases and in their fight against major animal disease outbreaks. Recognizing the importance of the STSD Project in enhancing disease surveillance and reporting in Kenya, Professor Segor indicated that the donated vehicle and motor bicycles would be efficiently used to serve the project purpose. Dr. Kisa Juma, CVO in the Ministry, Dr Salome Wanyoike, National Focal Point of STSD for Kenya and Dr. Zelalem Tadesse from AU-IBAR, attended the hand-over ceremony.
The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), with financial support from the European Union (EU), is implementing a regional project entitled “Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in the IGAD Member States", which can be named as Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD). The objective of the STSD project is to reduce the impact of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and zoonoses on food security, trade and resilience of livestock farmers in the IGAD Region.