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Strengthening avian influenza epidemiology, biosecurity and coordination in Egypt

Strengthening avian influenza epidemiology, biosecurity and coordination in Egypt

Full title of the project:

Strengthening avian influenza epidemiology, biosecurity and coordination

Target areas:

Assuit, Aswan, Beheira, Beni-Suef, Dakahlia, Damietta, Dumyat, Fayoum, Gharbia, Giza, Ismailia, Kafr el-Sheikh, Menofia, Minya, Port Said, Qalyubia, Qena, Red Sea, Sharkia, Sohag, Suez and Wadi al-Jadid.

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 577 838
08/02/2012-07/02/2015
Project code:
OSRO/EGY/101/USA
Objective:

To reduce the risk of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) transmission in poultry in Egypt and safeguard human health.

Key partners:

The General Organization for Veterinary Services (GOVS).

Beneficiaries reached:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, GOVS, national veterinary and veterinary public health services, and poultry owners, producers and traders in the targeted areas.

Activities implemented:
  • Procured and delivered: (i) expendable and non-expendable equipment to the National Laboratory for Veterinary
  • Quality Control on Poultry Production (NLQP), the Central Laboratory for Evaluation of Veterinary Biologics (CLEVB) and GOVS; (ii) two animal isolators to NLQP; and (iii) 18 animal isolators and two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, laboratory reagents and consumables to CLEVB.
  • Procured and distributed to GOVS: (i) 11 000 boxes of disposable shoe covers, virus transport media (phosphate buffer saline); (ii) 270 gallons of detergent and 1 tonne of disinfectants; and (iii) information technology materials.
  • Purchased and delivered laboratory reagents and consumables to NLQP for real-time (RT) (RT-PCR), isolation, serology and gene sequencing.
  • Provided training to 2 855 veterinarians and 50 poultry farm owners and producers.
Impact:
  • Strengthened national HPAI surveillance and laboratory diagnostic capacity.
  • Trained targeted communities on avian influenza epidemiology, biosecurity and coordination.
  • Enabled 934 veterinarians on epidemiology surveillance to conduct outbreak investigation and data analysis.
  • Strengthened capacity in epidemiological data management and analysis of 52 veterinarians from GOVS, NLQP, CLEVB and the Veterinary Serum and Vaccine Research Institute.
  • Enhanced the performance of 459 community-based animal health outreach practitioners.
  • Improved 376 veterinary epidemiologists’ application of the TADinfo database.
  • Trained 50 poultry farm owners and producers and 236 veterinarians on biosecurity practices.
  • Trained 798 rapid field response team members on disease outbreak management and rapid response activities.