The OIE has just completed the fourth in a series of training courses for OIE focal points for veterinary products. The seminar was held in the East African town of Entebbe and was attended by national OIE Delegates and OIE Focal Points for veterinary products from 30 countries from English-speaking Africa and the Middle-East, i.e. Afghanistan, Angola, Bahrain, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the host country : Uganda.
Besides OIE regional (Beirut, Gaborone, Nairobi) and head office staff (Scientific and Technical Department, Paris) contributions were made by four OIE Reference Centres on veterinary products (ANSES France, AU-PANVAC Ethiopia, EISMV Senegal and FDA United States), as well as invited regional and international experts from Jordan, Kenya, Uganda and the UK.
The seminar started with a first morning session, mainly directed to newly appointed Focal Points but accessible to all, providing a rapid overview on the OIE and its activities related to veterinary products covered in previous training sessions. This enabled newly appointed Focal Points to be adequately informed on the OIE and the main standards, guidelines, their terms of reference and issues pertaining to veterinary products.
Dr. Olivier Espeisse from Health for Animals (formerly IFAH) in the foreground and Dr. Assiongbon Teko – Agbo from the OIE Reference Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal (EISMV) in the background. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2015.
The opening ceremony was held at the end of this morning session and was officiated by the State Minister for Animal Industries, Hon. Bright Rwamirama who delivered an opening address, alongside Drs. Ali El-Romeh, Walter Masiga, Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel (OIE) and Dr. Nicholas Kauta, OIE Delegate of Uganda and Member of the OIE Council.
Group picture. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2015.
Starting after the opening ceremony on day 1, the subsequent sessions covered :
The afternoon of the second day was dedicated to field visits in the capital Kampala, with a visit to a veterinary pharmaceutical wholesaler, ERAM (U) Ltd and the pharmaceutical quality control laboratory of the Ugandan National Drug Authority (NDA).
The training course was funded by the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund, through grants from the European Commission (VETGOV project) and the Republic of Italy, with financial support of the Republic of Uganda. The following training seminar is the one for French-speaking African countries, to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from March 21 – 23, 2016.