Two diseases, namely PPR and rabies, are considered of interest for the OIE Members of the Africa region. In particular, the Global Strategy for the Control and Eradication of PPR (GCES) launched in 2015 has initiated several efforts and raised high expectations towards the control and eradication of PPR and official recognition of PPR free status.
One of the outcomes of the 2015 Global Rabies Conference was the launch of the Global Strategic Plan to end dog-mediated human rabies death by 2030, which is to ensure the development of a coherent set of international standards and guidance to prevent and control rabies across the human and animal health sectors using a “One Health” approach. In 2019, the World Assembly adopted an updated version of Chapter 8.14. ‘Infection with rabies virus’ of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, which included provisions on OIE endorsed official control programme for dog-mediated rabies, aligning the OIE standards with the global goal of elimination of dog-mediated rabies by 2030. In May 2021, the first two countries were officially recognised as having an OIE endorsed official control programme for dog-mediated rabies.
Contact : Dr. Patrick Bastiaensen, Programme Officer, OIE, Nairobi, Kenya