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Support to livestock sector laboratory diagnostic capacities and disease surveillance systems in South Sudan

Support to livestock sector laboratory diagnostic capacities and disease surveillance systems in South Sudan

Full title of the project:

Support to livestock sector laboratory diagnostic capacities and disease surveillance systems in South Sudan

Target areas:

South Sudan

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
02/03/2018-01/06/2019
Project code:
OSRO/SSD/802/JPN
Objective:

To safeguard livelihoods and increase food security and nutrition of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities by rehabilitating the Central Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (CVDL) and strengthening the animal disease surveillance system network

Key partners:

Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries

Beneficiaries reached:

104 Government and Non-governmental Organization (NGO) staff trained in disease monitoring and diagnostic techniques

Activities implemented:
  • Trained 71 Government and NGO staff in livestock disease surveillance; 18 technical staff in laboratory diagnostic techniques and sample collection; 15 technical and laboratory staff in diagnostic techniques specific for foot-and-mouth disease; and six technicians in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay laboratory diagnostic techniques.
  • Supported the construction of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries CVDL to improve animal health and increase livestock productivity.
  • Enabled the installation of an internet-based reporting database to assist in animal disease reporting.
  • Set in place an off-grid solar-powered laboratory and supported its initial operationalization by funding the salaries of lab technicians for eight months.
  • Reviewed maintenance procedures and plans for the rehabilitation of the CVDL building, partitioned and refurbished internal structures and roofing.
  • Undertook a livestock disease surveillance system review (of reporting formats, guidelines, regulations and procedures) to improve early warning mechanisms.
  • Procured 676 diagnostic testing kits and reagents for the CVDL.
Impact:
  • Contributed to service delivery and protection of livestock-based livelihoods across South Sudan, as well as improved response to livestock diseases in a timely, evidence-based and coordinated manner.
  • Enhanced livestock disease control and strengthened surveillance and early warning system network.
  • Safeguarded households’ livelihoods by protecting livestock assets, thereby maintaining production of nutritious food and increasing food security.