Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control / East Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Sudan / Tanzania

Veterinary officers meet to strengthen animal disease control in eastern Africa

Chief veterinary officers and heads of central veterinary laboratories from 10 countries met in Zanzibar from 24 to 26 Aug 2010 to plan how to enhance the preparedness, prevention and management of animal diseases.

Participants recommended strengthening regional cooperation and collaboration, particularly with key partners such as the Africa Union/Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the East African Community, the ALive Secretariat, the United States Agency for International Development and the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance. The participants also reaffirmed the need for countries to adopt a common reporting system (including a more complete database on animal resources and management developed at country and regional levels) based on, and compatible with, the international reporting system for animal diseases, and progressed with the establishment of a Regional Service Laboratory by compiling a shortlist of possible locations for the laboratory (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania) and agreeing on the criteria and procedures for selecting the site.

Read more … (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

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