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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) celebrates the 8th Annual Regional Animal Health Network

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  The eighth Annual Regional Animal Health Network for the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS will take place in Praia Cape Verde from September 19 to 23 2022 with the aim of taking stock of the progress of ECOWAS Member States in the eradication or control of PPR rabies Foot and Mouth Disease FMD and Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia CBPP The meeting also aims to follow up on the implementation of the RESEPI and RESOLAB action plans Under the slogan Horizon 2030 situation challenges and perspectives for the eradication of PPR and rabies and the control of foot and mouth disease and PCB priority animal diseases in the ECOWAS region the speech read on behalf of the Director AU IBAR interim Dr Nick Nwankpa expressed AU IBAR s gratitude to ECOWAS RAHC FAO World Organization for Animal Health WOAH Brooke West Africa and USDA APHIS for partnering to address health challenges Dr Nwankpa also noted that the theme reflects the state of animal health in the landscape and our collective aspirations In the recent past AU BAR supported Nigeria to address the HPAI problem and is currently supporting Cape Verde to demonstrate its freedom status for recognition as a PPR and FMD free country by WOAH in 2023 The meeting assured the committed support of AU IBAR and AU PANVAC to all countries in the fight against priority animal diseases and will continue to maintain strategic alliances with FAO WOAH RAHC and all interested parties to provide support necessary to our Member states At the country level the RAHC has the Network of Veterinary Laboratories RESOLAB Laboratory Network and the Epidemic Surveillance Network RESEPI that were created with the support of FAO and AU IBAR The Regional Veterinary Committee RVC established by the ECOWAS Commission through Regulation C Reg 23 11 10 and which brings together the Directors of Veterinary Services thus completes the regional institutional structure that allows the Commission of ECOWAS through the RASC to coordinate animal health initiatives in the region in accordance with its mandate Thus each year the annual meeting of the animal health networks RVC RESOLAB and RESEPI is institutionalized and organized by the RAHC in collaboration with the FAO AU IBAR and its traditional partners to serve as a framework for exchange evaluation of the level of implementation of the activities during the last year and the results obtained discuss the difficulties foresee solutions and plan future activities The meeting participants are from the Member States The 15 RESEPI Focal Points in the ECOWAS Member States The 15 Focal Points of RESOLAB in the ECOWAS Member States The 15 Directors of Veterinary Services of the ECOWAS Member States and the 15 Presidents of the National Veterinary Associations Statutory Bodies of ECOWAS Member States Several invited countries are also present notably the Democratic Republic of the Congo Cameroon national epidemiology and laboratory focal points and Mauritania and Chad and a number of regional and international organizations in particular ECOWAS Commission ARAA WAHO REDISSE Regional Coordination Unit and PROALAB RAHC CILSS Regional Coordination Unit PRAPS PREDIP UEMOA AU IBAR and ECCAS RAHC Central Africa
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) celebrates the 8th Annual Regional Animal Health Network

1 The eighth Annual Regional Animal Health Network for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will take place in Praia, Cape Verde, from September 19 to 23, 2022, with the aim of taking stock of the progress of ECOWAS Member States in the eradication or control of PPR, rabies, Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP).

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2 The meeting also aims to follow up on the implementation of the RESEPI and RESOLAB action plans.

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3 Under the slogan “Horizon 2030: situation, challenges and perspectives for the eradication of PPR and rabies and the control of foot-and-mouth disease and PCB, priority animal diseases in the ECOWAS region”, the speech read on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR interim Dr. Nick Nwankpa expressed AU-IBAR’s gratitude to ECOWAS.

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4 /RAHC, FAO, World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), Brooke West Africa, and USDA/APHIS for partnering to address health challenges.

5 Dr Nwankpa also noted that the theme “reflects the state of animal health in the landscape and our collective aspirations.

6 In the recent past, AU-BAR supported Nigeria to address the HPAI problem and is currently supporting Cape Verde to demonstrate its freedom status for recognition as a PPR and FMD free country by WOAH in 2023” .

7 The meeting assured the committed support of AU-IBAR and AU-PANVAC to all countries in the fight against priority animal diseases and will continue to maintain strategic alliances with FAO, WOAH, RAHC and all interested parties to provide support necessary to our Member.

8 states At the country level, the RAHC has the Network of Veterinary Laboratories (RESOLAB Laboratory Network) and the Epidemic Surveillance Network (RESEPI) that were created with the support of FAO and AU-IBAR.

9 The Regional Veterinary Committee (RVC), established by the ECOWAS Commission through Regulation C/Reg.23/11/10 and which brings together the Directors of Veterinary Services, thus completes the regional institutional structure that allows the Commission of ECOWAS, through the RASC, to coordinate animal health initiatives in the region, in accordance with its mandate.

10 Thus, each year, the annual meeting of the animal health networks (RVC, RESOLAB and RESEPI) is institutionalized and organized by the RAHC in collaboration with the FAO, AU IBAR and its traditional partners, to serve as a framework for exchange, evaluation of the level of implementation of the activities during the last year and the results obtained, discuss the difficulties, foresee solutions and plan future activities.

11 The meeting participants are from the Member States: The 15 RESEPI Focal Points in the ECOWAS Member States; The 15 Focal Points of RESOLAB in the ECOWAS Member States; The 15 Directors of Veterinary Services of the ECOWAS Member States; and the 15 Presidents of the National Veterinary Associations/Statutory Bodies of ECOWAS Member States.

12 Several invited countries are also present; notably; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon (national epidemiology and laboratory focal points; and Mauritania and Chad, and a number of regional and international organizations, in particular: ECOWAS Commission, ARAA, WAHO: REDISSE Regional Coordination Unit and PROALAB, RAHC; CILSS: Regional Coordination Unit PRAPS & PREDIP, UEMOA, AU-IBAR, and ECCAS RAHC Central Africa.

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