In recognition of the challenges in data collection IGAD/ICPALD has adopted the Animal Resources Information System (ARIS2), developed by the African Union – InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), as a tool for enhancing the capacities to collect, collate, analyze animal resources data and share livestock information in a timely manner. In line with, ICPALD in collaboration with AUIBAR (SMP-AH project) organized a technical back-stopping workshop for ARIS II Administrators from the region with the main objectives of status of ARIS II functioning and operations in respective countries, understanding the status of animal health data collection networks  within countries and their challenges, to discuss and agree on the mechanism by which countries can directly send data to ICPALD, modalities for livestock information sharing between ICPALD and Countries and establishing a network for ARIS practitioners under the umbrella of ICPALD.

A total of 13 experts from Djibouti, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, AU-IBAR, IGAD/ICPALD participated in the workshop. Dr Solomon Munyua, the Acting Director of ICPALD and Dr Joseph Magona, on behalf of the AUIBAR Director made  welcoming remarks. The  official opening was made by Dr Samuel Kahariri, on behalf of the Director Veterinary Services of Kenya.

Different presentations were made and discussed  to attain the objectives above and finally the following recommendations and way forward were provided: to simplify the ARIS system to make it user-friendly and interoperable with other systems, to develop a feedback and alerting mechanism within the ARIS system, to expedite development of the new ARIS system and harmonise it with other animal disease reporting systems such as OIE-WAHIS, to conduct Refresher trainings regularly to update the Country Administrators on ARIS II especially focussing on other areas such as animal production, marketing and trade, fisheries and aquaculture, capacity and plant health and to encourage data submission using excel spreadsheets for Member States with no or poor internet connectivity, to develop a data sharing policy to facilitate livestock data sharing among countries within the IGAD region and to address the problem of high levels of staff attrition through various management options