Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022

9-10th Dec 2021, (Djibouti-ville, Djibouti): Several OIE listed transboundary animal diseases (TADs) or diseases that can easily spread from one country to others and reach epizootic proportions and their control/management requires cooperation between several countries, continue to spread within the IGAD region threatening the economic, trade and/or food security of the member states. Hence, Ministers responsible for Animal Resources in IGAD member states signed a Regional Policy Framework on Animal Health (RPFAH) in 2009 in the context of trade and vulnerability to harmonize management of these diseases.  They recognized the challenges caused by TADs, the need for enhancing regional trade and calls for a coordinated regional approach to address these problems. Therefore, IGAD facilitated, Ethiopian-Somalia to sign a cross border MOU signature in March, 2019 to strengthen this collaboration.

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7-8th December, 2021 ( Djibouti-Ville, Djibouti): Several OIE listed transboundary animal diseases (TADs) or diseases that can easily spread from one country to others and reach epizootic proportions and their control/management requires cooperation between several countries, continue to spread within the IGAD region threatening the economic, trade and/or food security of the member states. Hence, Ministers responsible for Animal Resources in IGAD member states signed a Regional Policy Framework on Animal Health (RPFAH) in 2009 in the context of trade and vulnerability to harmonize management of these diseases.  They recognized the challenges caused by TADs, the need for enhancing regional trade and calls for a coordinated regional approach to address these problems. Therefore, IGAD facilitated, Djibouti - Ethiopian to sign a cross border MOU signature in December, 2018 to strengthen this collaboration.

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24-25th November 2021 (Naivasha, Kenya):Trypanosomiasis is a disease complex that poses a major constraint to sustainable agriculture in in tsetse flies infested cross-border areas of the IGAD region. The disease persists in most countries of IGAD region, regardless of the efforts made by African Union Pan-African tsetse and Trypanosomiasis eradication and control (PATTEC) and countries to eradicate it. Countries in the Region, formally requested IGAD to take lead in sub-regional level coordination in order to facilitate common effort towards control and eradication of the disease. ICPALD/IGAD, with the financial support of World Bank funded RPLRP, organized a two-day meeting to review the status of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis in the IGAD region in Naivasha, Kenya on 24 and 25th November 2021. The meeting focused on review of prevalence of tsetse and trypanosomiasis (T&T); progress made so far in the IGAD region; how member states are well supported and coordinated at IGAD and AU-PATTEC level and related challenges. The two days meeting made the following recommendations:

Facilitate socio-economic impact study of T&T in IGAD MS to generate evidence-based data to advocate and facilitate resource mobilization from national treasuries and development partners to sustainably implement T&T control and eradication programmes,

  1. There is need to update the policy, strategy framework and Programmes to guide effective control and eradication of T&T,
  2. Tsetse flies and trypanosomiasis (T&T) problem should be tackled within the broader context of One Health, Sustainable Rural development and poverty reduction by developing appropriate integrated agriculture transformation strategies to control T&T while preserving the environment, birds, insect eating reptiles, other insects like bees,
  3. Promote new innovative strategies, policies, advocacy and awareness, partnerships and effective coordination between member states to effectively sustain the gains made in the control of T&T among individual MS in the region,
  4. Support MS to undertake a thorough assessment of the T&T problem, distribution and mapping for inclusion into the national rural development priorities within the broader context of One Health and sustainable rural development strategies,
  5. Member States (MS) and partners should address inadequate human capacity; professional development to replace aging workforce for continuous professional development,
  6. MS and partners should upgrade diagnostic capacities (PCR and genomics) to revitalize T&T control and eradication efforts,
  7. Support research to develop new drug molecules, AMR and biological control for T&T as well as promote technology transfer to last mile end users (farmers, extension officers),
  8. Support/ Strengthen harmonized e-reporting of T&T field findings nationally and regionally such as Kenya animal bio-surveillance system (KABS),
  9. Develop bankable proposals for resource mobilization from potential donors and development partners,
  10. AUIBAR /PATTEC to organize continental meeting for T&T information sharing to learn from good practice and lessons of the different MS and RECs

 

Acknowledgement: ICPALD expresses appreciation to the World Bank Group for financing this activity through IGAD RPLRP project

 

 

23rd November, 2021 (Naivasha, Kenya): In the IGAD region, countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda recognize the services of CAHW particularly in pastoralist setting, where we do not have adequate professionals while Kenya operate through community disease reporters (CDR)/ para-veterinarian with more elaborate training. Several localized studies on CAHW’s participation and role in animal health service delivery have concluded that the approach has offered viable alternatives to the resource-constrained (public and private sector human and financial resources) and poorly functioning veterinary services in vast pastoral communities.

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