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Collaborative international engagement to prevent and mitigate threats from especially dangerous pathogens in targeted east African countries

Collaborative international engagement to prevent and mitigate threats from especially dangerous pathogens in targeted east African countries

Full title of the project:

Collaborative international engagement to prevent and mitigate threats from especially dangerous pathogens in targeted east African countries

Target areas:

East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda)

Contribution:
USD 558 732
01/11/2014-30/09/2017
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/407/USA
Objective:

Reduce the threat posed by infectious diseases that impact public health, animal health, food safety and food and income security in the Horn of Africa; specifically targeting Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Key partners:

East African Ministries of Agriculture and Livestock, Health and Environment, Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agaria y Alimentaria (INIA).

Beneficiaries reached:

Ministries of Agriculture and Veterinary Services of target countries, consumers, livestock industry stakeholders, Regional Economic Communities and the international community who benefit from improved capacity to reduce the threat posed by infectious diseases.

Activities implemented:
  • Evaluated and assessed national epidemio-surveillance systems and produced reports for Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Held four national workshops and an eastern Africa regional workshop to validate the assessment results.
  • Made recommendations resulting from the assessments to the departments of veterinary services and others.
  • Drafted and finalized a field animal disease investigation manual with national departments of veterinary services during a three-day workshop.
  • Central Veterinary Laboratories conducted proficiency tests with the support of a number of World Reference Laboratories, to assess the capacity to diagnose peste des petites ruminants, foot-and-mouth disease, brucellosis, African swine fever and Rift Valley fever (RVF).
  • Conducted two national Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP) trainings in Mukono, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Conducted five sub-national GEMP trainings in: Embu, Kenya; Morogoro, Tanzania; Mwanza, Tanzania; Adama/Nazareth, Ethiopia; and Busia, Kenya.
  • Conducted five table-top simulation exercises to test RVF contingency plans, based on a One Health approach, in Embu, Kenya; Morogoro, Tanzania; Mwanza, Tanzania; Adama/Nazareth, Ethiopia; and Busia, Kenya.
Impact:
  • Strengthened target countries capacity for risk-based epidemio-surveillance.
  • Finalized a field animal disease investigation manual.
  • Assessed and contributed to improving the diagnostic capacity of Central Veterinary Laboratories.
  • Enhanced field veterinarians’ capacity to prepare for and respond to animal disease emergencies.