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HPAI early warning, early response and preparedness strategy support in Regional Africa

HPAI early warning, early response and preparedness strategy support in Regional Africa

Full title of the project:

HPAI early warning, early response and preparedness strategy support in Western and Central Africa

Target areas:

Western and Central Africa.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 432 000
Implementation:
01/03/2008-30/09/2010
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/717/USA
Objective:

To assist countries in Western and Central Africa in enhancing their capacities to prevent the introduction of HPAI and to respond efficiently to HPAI outbreaks.

Key partners:

USAID; OIE; AU-IBAR; the Ministries of Livestock and Animal Health in Western and Central Africa.

Beneficiaries reached:

23 Western and Central African ministries responsible for livestock and animal health; poultry owners, producers and traders; national veterinary services; general population.

Activities implemented:
  • Capacity-building activities in the fields of enhanced biosecurity for poultry farms and live bird markets (LBMs).
  • Creation of RESOLAB, RESEPI, RESECOP and RESOCOM networks.
  • Passive and active surveillance in key countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Niger and Sierra Leone.
  • Installation of TADinfo software in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Mali and training of staff in its proper use and maintenance.
  • Introduction and testing of the regional zoo-sanitary certificates for poultry and poultry products within the ECOWAS area.
  • Organization of the regional HPAI control simulation exercises.
  • Provision of reference reagents for HPAI and material for laboratory diagnosis, organization of technical training workshops and external proficiency tests.
  • Support of the region’s main poultry associations and promotion of public-private partnerships at the national and regional levels.
Impact:
  • Strengthened regional capacities of 23 countries on HPAI surveillance, prevention and control.
  • Enhanced collaboration between national epidemiosurveillance systems and diagnostic laboratories both at country and regional levels.
  • Reduced laboratory confirmation diagnosis to two days instead of an average of 30 days in 2006.
  • Improved biosecurity in selected LBMs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo as a result of well-designed and implemented interventions.
  • Heightened awareness of the risks associated with animal diseases (particularly zoonotic diseases) and human-animal interface issues.