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FAO counteracts Transboundary Animal Diseases with capacity building

FAO counteracts Transboundary Animal Diseases with capacity building

06/11/2014

Thirty five participants from many parts of South Sudan will complete an intensive training on “Risk Analysis of Transboundary Animal Disease” today in Rock City, Juba. Millions of animals in South Sudan are at risk of transboundary diseases, which range from Foot and Mouth Disease to Rabies. This is the first time such training has focused on risk analysis and assessment, hazard identification and risk management in South Sudan. The training is essential for supporting the development of a national strategy for controlling transboundary animal diseases and planning for prevention of widespread disease outbreaks.    

The training workshop was organized by FAO South Sudan, the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) of FAO Nairobi, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Industry and the European Union. The training launched on 3 November with the attendance of special guests Dr. Jacob Karok, Director General of Veterinary Services and Dr. Sue Lautze, FAO Representative who encouraged participants in her opening remarks. “This training is essential for safeguarding the foundation of South Sudan’s future economic growth; it’s vital to domestic production to control these diseases, but it’s also our collective responsibility to protect the neighboring countries,” she said.

The training brought together participants from the national and state ministries, trained veterinarians and animal health workers of all levels, wildlife ecologists and border control officials from the international airport and border check points. “We need to do more collectively for animal disease surveillance and carrying out risk assessments so decision makers will see how this affects households and livelihoods of livestock owners,” remarked Dr. Aluma  Ameri, Director for Vector and Disease Control, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, RSS. 

After the training, participants will take part in field based risk assessment case studies in different regions throughout the country and training will continue at the subnational levels.

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