ICPALD/IGAD and AUIBAR jointly organized steering committees’ meeting on Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Livestock Trade (STSD project ) on June 26, 2015 in Addis Ababa to review the project progress including technical and financial reports, work plans and budgets and provide guidance to strengthen coordination and information sharing with complementary interventions in the region.
Naivasha, Kenya; June 12-13, 2015 - ICPALD/IGAD and AUIBAR jointly organized the above regional meeting with the main objectives of creating further awareness to the relevant Ministries and Stakeholders on the RAHPF, to share and discuss on the outputs and recommendations of the previous meeting on domestication of the framework and record further achievements and challenges, update on status of ongoing national and regional animal health related projects /program/initiatives and to develop a road map and identify strategies to effectively roll-out the RAHPF in member states.
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.
The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) has recently organized the above-cited regional meeting in June 3rd, 2015 in Naivasha, Kenya. There are currently limited ways for Member States to share information on the status and epidemiological trends/patterns of animal diseases such as outbreak incident, prevalence, morbidity and mortality rates. Furthermore, there are serious challenges in capturing and timely transmission of disease information by the front-line reporting agents along the ladder of the reporting chain.
As it is essential to strengthen and enhance regional harmonization and coordination of the control of trade-related trans-boundary animal diseases, IGAD/ICPALD in collaboration with AUIBAR organized a Bilateral Cross-border Meeting for the Kenya-Ethiopia Border from 18th to 20 May 2015 at Nanyuki, Kenya. The main objective was to agree on priority areas of cooperation and develop a draft Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cross-border collaboration regarding disease A total of 32 participants drawn from Ethiopia, Kenya, AU-IBAR, IGAD, FAO and Kenya Red Cross participate on the meeting. Both member states were represented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry in charge of livestock and representatives of county /regional states along the Kenya-Ethiopia border.