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“Middle East and Horn of Africa
meet in Mombasa to discuss
Rift Valley Fever ”

Mombasa, Kenya
15 November 2012

Mombasa, 15 November 2012. Under the auspices of the FAO & OIE Global Framework for the progressive control of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), some 70 veterinary professionals and scientists met in Mombasa, Kenya, from November 13 – 15th to reassess the situation of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the area around the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean : it’s challenges and options for prevention and control. The seminar was attended by representatives from 18 countries including Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia (FAO), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen.

Group photograph

The conference was officially opened by the Kenyan Minister of Livestock Development, Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti. Participants discussed the current state of Rift Valley fever in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa, its impact on trade between the two regions and reviewed recommendations from previous seminars and conferences. The focus of the conference was to debate the use of new prevention and control tools, presented by technical experts from both the public and private institutions. New vaccines, diagnostic tools and early warning and rapid response models were discussed. Inputs into the meeting were provided by regional organisations such as AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), along with speakers from international organisations such as FAO, OIE and ILRI, and private and public stakeholders in research and trade, such as CDC (US), CIRAD (France), the University of Liège (Belgium), IZS (Italy), GALVmed (United Kingdom), MSD Animal Health (Netherlands), MERIAL (France), OBP (South Africa), KEVEVAPI (Kenya), USDA-APHIS, USAID, NASA (US), IFAH (Belgium), etc



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The Kenyan Minister of Livestock Development, Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abdi Kuti

From left to right : representatives of IFAH, GalvMed and CIRAD (Drs. Barbara Freischem, Victor Mbao and Catherine Cêtre-Sossah)

Representatives of Tanzania (Dr John Omolo) and Sudan (Dr Khidir El Faki)

Presentation by Dr. Karim Tounkara, Director of PANVAC (Debre-Zeit).
Photo © P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2012

From left to right : Dr Susanne Münstermann (OIE Paris), Dr Antonio Petrini (OIE Tunis) and Mr. Jeffrey Austin (USAID Nairobi).

Representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Dr Faizal Bayoumi left and Dr Abdulaziz Al Mania, right)

Dr Vincent Martin, acting Head of FAO’s EMPRES programme (Rome).

Dr. James Wabacha, Coordinator of AU-IBAR’s SMP-AH Project (Nairobi).

Dr Florência Cipriano, Deputy Regional Representative of the OIE for Africa (Bamako).

Dr Walter Masiga, OIE Sub-Regional Representative for East Africa and the Horn of Africa (Nairobi).
Photo © P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2012

The meeting was co-sponsored by the PRIMA INTERNATIONAL company, specialized in the trade of animals and animal products between the two regions. Their support was much appreciated by the participants and the organisers

The OIE (deputy) Regional Representative for Africa, Dr Florência Cipriano (left) and the OIE Regional Representative for the Middle East, Dr Ghazi Yehia (right) during the opening ceremony.



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