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Rinderpest, the first animal disease to be eradicated by mankind: a global achievement
Rome, 28 June 2011

The FAO Conference, the highest body of the UN agency, adopted a resolution declaring global freedom from the devastating disease. Today's declaration marked the final step in a decade-long global campaign implemented by FAO, in close coordination with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and other partners to eradicate rinderpest. This rinderpest eradication represents a collaborative effort in which the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) played a key role. The last rinderpest outbreak was registered in wild buffalo in Kenya in 2001, and the last vaccination took place in 2006. Listen to the statements of the official declaration ceremony.

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Dr traoreDr. Modibo Traoré, Assistant Director-General
for Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department

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fAZIOMr. Fazio Ferruccio, Italian Minister of Health

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Peter DohertyPeter Doherty, Nobel Prize-winning veterinarian and immunologist



Eradicated rinderpest: a giant step forward
Rome, 28 June 2011

FAO and its partners gathered today to celebrate an extraordinary success, namely the eradication of rinderpest, the first animal disease to be eradicated by mankind. The celebration of this achievement was held at FAO headquarters and was marked by an official declaration ceremony of the global eradication of rinderpest. An eminent Cameroonian vet, now retired in Bamenda, Northwest Cameroon shares his past experience and legacy to younger generations.

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AtangDr. Protus Atang remembers way back in the 60s



A world free of Rinderpest OIE declares Rinderpest officially eradicated
Paris, 25 May 2011

At the organization's 79th annual General Session in Paris, The national Delegates of Members of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) officially declared today, that with the support of FAO rinderpest is now eradicated from the surface of the earth. An "OIE Rinderpest Pathway" for countries to be officially recognized as free from the disease was implemented in parallel with the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) managed by FAO in collaboration with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). International cooperation has been essential to move towards global eradication in poorest countries. The following are testimonials to remember a historic moment for Humanity:

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RajasekharMalleshappa Rajasekhar, Founder, Project Directorate on Animal Disease Monitoring And Surveillance(PD_ADMAS), Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR)
"We were determined to see that Rinderpest is eradicated from India"
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Faysal Hassam IbrahimFaysal Hassam Ibrahim, Federal Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Sudan
"Eradication of the disease means livelihood, food security for all and contribution of livestock to the national economy"
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Juan LubrothJuan Lubroth, Chief, FAO Animal Health Service
"We are confident that the virus has really been removed from its natural setting"


Buffalo monument marks rinderpest free status in Kenya A landmark success of global eradication of Rinderpest for all vets, scientists and pastoralists

A massive, bronze statue of a wild buffalo now stands near the entrance to Meru National Park, the site of the world's last-confirmed case of rinderpest, or cattle plague. The international campaign to rid the world of rinderpest has been successful, in part, due to Kenya's pivotal role and regional position. A handful of remaining countries are expected to be formally recognized as rinderpest-free by May 2011, from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). A joint FAO-OIE Global Declaration is expected immediately thereafter, and the eradication of rinderpest will be highlighted during FAO's Conference in June 2011, with the unveiling of another monument.

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John Cheburet John Cheburet is the producer and narrator of the following radio feature on Rinderpest eradication-Kenya for FAO. Locations: - Isinya in Kajiado district, KARI Laboratories in Muguga, - Meru National Park, - AU-IBAR offices at Westlands in Nairobi, - EU Delegation Office at Upper Hill Nairobi - and KWS offices at Nairobi National Park.


Global eradication of rinderpest
January 2010

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Dr SyllaMali and Niger have follow the pathway for the accreditation of the disease said Dr Daoula Sylla, rinderpest retired veterinarian. He is also member of the FAOI-OIE Joint Committee for the global declaration of rinderpest: called himself “old man in the fighting of rinderpest”, he is reporting the long pathway toward the eradication of rinderpest in Mali and in the world..


Rinderpest eradication on success path
January 2010

In close association with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), GREP, a key element within the Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES), was conceived as an international coordination mechanism to promote the global eradication of rinderpest and verification of rinderpest freedom, while providing technical guidance to achieve these goals. From the outset, GREP was a time-bound programme, due to declare rinderpest freedom by 2011. Further certification and verification are still needed before key partners declare the world rinderpest-free.

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Dr traoreInterview with Mr Modibo Traoré, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture
“We still need to show evidence that the world is totally rinderpest-free"

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Dr VallatInterview with Mr Bernard Vallat, Director-General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
“We need more or less 18 months to finalize this recognition”


Rinderpest virus and vaccines sequestration
30 November – 2 December 2009

The following are radio interviews collected during a workshop on “Rinderpest virus and vaccines sequestration”, in Rome:

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Dr TounkaraDr. Karim Tounkara, Director of Ethiopia based-Panafrican Veterinarian Vaccine Centre of African Union (AU/PANVAC)
"We have to agree on what has to be done at regional, national and international level”
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DR. PearsonDr. James Pearson, Animal Health International Consultant
“Today and tomorrow the plan will have to be developed on the question of where to go from here”

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Dr DickensDr. Chibeu Dickens, Kenya based-Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)
“Rinderpest-free but other priorities remain: Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Foot-and-Mouth Disease”

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Dr MukhopadhyayDr. Mukhopadhyay, Vet Adviser on Rinderpest Eradication Programme (India, 1997-2001) recalls that OIE declared India rinderpest-free in 2006
“Scientists, vets and the world should celebrate such a success story as we prepare for the pathway to the final declaration of the disease eradication, worldwide”


Rinderpest report

With the world on the edge of finally stamping out one of the most devastating livestock diseases known to man- rinderpest, or cattle plague, - just how close are we?

With attention turned to more pressing everyday problems, it's difficult for today's generation of livestock framers, traders and vets to focus on a hazard they see as belonging to the past. But that's the danger, as Peter Roeder, Secretary of the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme, explains to Sarah Reynolds. She kicks off the interview by asking him about the latest developments in what is known as the OIE Pathway to final eradication.


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