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Control of transboundary animal diseases in Africa and a global alliance to combat African swine fever

Control of transboundary animal diseases in Africa and a global alliance to combat African swine fever

Full title of the project:

Control of transboundary animal diseases in Africa and a global alliance to combat African swine fever

Target areas:

Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and eastern Europe and the Caucasus region (Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine)

USD 308 949
Project code:

To reduce the threat posed by African swine fever (ASF) and other priority transboundary animal diseases (TADs) to food safety and public health and improve livestock’s contribution to sustainable economic growth.

Key partners:

Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, Centro de Investigación en Sanidad Animal, International Livestock Research Institute, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Umbria e delle Marche, Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Universities of Nairobi and Makerere.

Beneficiaries reached:

Government agencies, research institutions, the pig sector and the international community.

Activities implemented:
  • Conducted a training of trainers workshop on veterinary epidemiological surveillance for fifteen officers from the Departments of Veterinary, Medical and Wildlife Services in the three targeted African countries.
  • Organized a national workshop on Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP) for senior veterinary officers from Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Developed an ASF assessment matrix for Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
    Performed a technical visit to Ukraine to assess the country’s preparedness needs.
  • Collaborated with the National Research Institute for Veterinary Virology and Microbiology in the Russian Federation to conduct a joint analysis on their ASF outbreak database.
  • Provided training on ASF laboratory diagnostics to five laboratory experts in Kazakhstan.
  • Conducted training for nine participants from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine on Ornithodoros tick collection and identification.
  • Organized a workshop on ASF epidemiology and diagnosis for nine participants from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine.
  • Launched the Global Platform for ASF and other important diseases of swine.
  • Familiarized national stakeholders with GEMP principles, contributing to the improvement of national preparedness plans and providing officers with a reference guide for early warning, preparedness and outbreak response.
  • Provided countries with an objective methodology to analyse levels of preparedness and risk of the incursion or spread of AFS in infected and at-risk countries.
  • Equipped professionals with the skills necessary to prevent, diagnose and control TADs.
  • Raised awareness on ASF through the dissemination of information.
  • Provided a global multi-stakeholder platform to shape a joint agenda to reduce the threat of ASF and other TADs to global swine production, and support coordination of numerous ASF activities and networks.