PAAT was officially established in November 1997 by the
29th Session of the FAO Conference (Resolution 5/97).
The PAAT structure comprises the Secretariat, the Programme
Committee and the Panel of PAAT Advisory Group (PAG) Coordinators,
a Statutory Body of FAO.
PAAT secretariat includes representatives of the mandated
international organizations (AU, FAO, IAEA, WHO). The secretariat
coordinates the implementation of programme activities and
interaction between the Programme Committee, Advisory Groups
Coordinators and stakeholders. The secretariat’s focal
point is based at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and collects,
analyses and disseminates information concerning tsetse and
Trypanosomosis and related developments.
The Programme Committee is composed of representatives of
donor and international research organizations, affected countries,
senior technical advisors, the secretariat staff and the PAAT
chairman. The Chairman has the role of providing programme
direction, based on information provided by technical advisory
The Panel of PAAT Advisory Group (PAG) Coordinators provides
information on specific fields of expertise and research development,
technical and institutional proposals for consideration by
the PAAT Committee. The Panel, in turn, support from the FAO
Liaison Officers, a field based country representative network.