To support IGAD member states, IGAD and AU-IBAR, with financial support from the European Union (EU) and through the project entitled “improving animal disease surveillance in support of trade in the IGAD Member States”, have developed a regional PPR strategy which was validated with member states in November 2014. The objective of this regional strategy is to progressively control and eradicate PPR in the IGAD region to enhance small ruminant productivity and production and improve trade. The inclusive and participatory process of drafting the strategy was technically backstopped by the IGAD regional PPR technical committee and regional PPR Control Coordination Committee.
This strategy was presented by ICPALD on the FAO and OIE organized International Conference for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) organized from March 31-April 02, 2015 in Abijan, Côte d’Ivoire and was well received. The conference brought together officials and some Livestock Ministers from various countries responsible in Animal Health and disease control. From the IGAD region, Livestock Ministers of Uganda and Sudan were in attendance and made brief remark on the importance of control and eradication of PPR and promised to do their level best for the success of the plan.
The conference participants discussed on the global PPR situation, surveillance tools and methods, diagnostic laboratories, monitoring and evaluation tool and post vaccination evaluation tool, among others. The participants noted that eradication of PPR is achievable since there are several favorable factors such as the fact that the disease is caused by only one serotype, that there is neither a carrier state nor a sustainable reservoir outside domestic small ruminants and that effective diagnostic tools and vaccines are available and declared that the control and eradication of PPR worldwide is officially launched during the ‘Abidjan Conference’ with the vision of a world free of PPR by 2030.
Finally the global conference made various deliberations and recommendations to be implemented by countries, OIE, FAO and other international and regional organisations for proper control and eradication of PPR.
The next steps for ICPALD will be to print the regional PPR strategy and disseminate to member states and in consultation with MS, it will facilitate the regional PPR technical committee to support MS in developing or updating the national PPR strategies. Moreover, it will engage MS through IGAD PPR Control Coordination Committee on resource mobilization and implementation of the PPR control and eradication strategy