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Support to effective emergency response to animal disease prevention and control in South Sudan

Support to effective emergency response to animal disease prevention and control in South Sudan

Full title of the project:

Support to effective emergency response to animal disease prevention and control in five states of South Sudan

Target areas:

Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Warrap States

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
Implementation:
01/09/2011-31/03/2012
Project code:
OSRO/SSD/103/USA
Objective:

To increase resilience of vulnerable livestock households to disaster risks.

Key partners:

Government Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, State Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Vétérinaires sans Frontières-Germany, International Committee of the Red Cross in South Sudan and community-based organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

13 432 livestock-owning households (approximately 94 000 people) from the States of Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Warrap, including returnees, internally displaced persons and host communities.

Activities implemented:
  • 531 215 animals were vaccinated against contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), anthrax, blackquarter and peste des petits ruminants (PPR), benefiting 13 300 households.
  • East Coast fever (ECF) clinical cases were treated, awareness-raising campaigns initiated and ticks controlled in Bor and Aweil counties, benefiting 1 162 animals from 132 households.
  • A walk-in cold room for the bulk storage of vaccines was installed and structures built to protect the cold room from the elements; support for the operation, repair and maintenance of cold chain facilities was provided.
  • Disease surveillance and monitoring were carried out in the target areas as well as a PPR outbreak investigation.
  • Cold chain technician trainings and a two-week refresher training on the Transboundary Animal Disease Information database were carried out.
Impact:
  • The spread of PPR as well as haemorrhagic septicaemia, CBPP and anthrax in the target areas were contained and prevented.
  • Households became more aware of the nature and transmission of ECF, including its impact on the cattle population and control strategies, and treatment of ECF cases.
  • The use of acaricide sprays helped to reduce livestock morbidity and mortality.
  • Increased herd sizes and better offtake rates improved incomes and access to food.