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Strengthening Institutions for Risk Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases in the Southern African Development Community Region

Strengthening Institutions for Risk Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases in the Southern African Development Community Region

Full title of the project:

Strengthening Institutions for Risk Management of Transboundary Animal Diseases in the Southern African Development Community Region

Target areas:

Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 661 994
Implementation:
01/09/2008-31/12/2013
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/720/AFB
Objective:

To improve food security and promote wealth creation through the progressive control of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) of strategic importance in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Key partners:

National Project Coordinators from each country; SADC Secretariat; Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases.

Beneficiaries reached:

The beneficiaries include livestock owners and government officials in the five project countries, as well as surrounding areas affected by TADs.

Activities implemented:
  • Outlined a framework for the Southern African Commission for the Control of TADs, including funding sources, sustainability, legal set-up, membership and level of authority.
  • Introduced the Digital Pen Technology for animal disease surveillance and provided training to Digital Pen Technology country focal persons.
  • Held training courses focused on building capacity for improved risk analysis and mapping within the five project countries.
  • Analysed and harmonized national TAD preparedness plans.
  • Facilitated a simulation exercise to strengthen and upgrade the national capacities of countries for early warning of and response to peste des petits ruminants.
Impact:
  • The capacity of national and regional epidemio-surveillance networks has been strengthened through the introduction of innovative mobile data communication technologies.
  • Decision makers at headquarters level can now receive animal disease data in almost real time, enabling prompt implementation of control measures.
  • Through trainings on risk analysis and emergency response simulation exercises, the five targeted countries are better prepared to manage TAD outbreaks.