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FAO assists in first steps towards controlling trans-boundary animal diseases
FAO has assisted representatives from the governments of South Sudan and Sudan to initiate the formation of a joint veterinary protocol agreement for the control of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs).
In a brief to the Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro, the Minister told the FAO Head of Office the initiative conforms with the provisions of the Cooperative Agreement of the 27th of September 2012, between the Republic of South Sudan and Sudan.
This is one of the first steps in achieving prevention and control of priority TADs for the two countries and for harmonization of cross border activities.
Livestock plays a vital role in the food security and livelihoods of both countries. While the free movement of cattle, goats and sheep across national boundaries in search of pasture, water and trade opportunities is common, it increases the risk of transmission of livestock diseases such as Peste des Petit Ruminants (PPR), among others.
Following a similar protocol agreed between Sudan and Ethiopia in 2012, FAO facilitated a two day roundtable between the Directors of Veterinary Services and the Directors of the Departments of Disease Control-Epidemiology of South Sudan and Sudan in Addis Ababa on the 6th and 7th of March, 2012.
During the course of discussions, a series of objectives emerged including developing sound knowledge of the dynamics, economics and migratory movements of cross border diseases, and drawing up harmonized disease control strategies and action plans.
With the possibility of the private sector playing an important role in ensuring long term sustainability in controlling TADs, institutional frameworks for public-private partnership service delivery will also be explored. A package of services to implement effective disease management in cross border areas will also be developed.
Coordination at various levels will be key to the successful implementation of the protocol. Addressing the meeting, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, Dr Modibo Traore said “FAO is here to facilitate and support dialogue between countries and offers its expertise to ensure that technically sound protocols for the control of TADs are discussed and agreed upon between two important countries in the region, to enhance production, marketing and ultimately improve our people’s food security and well-being.”