The OIE has learned with deep sadness of the untimely passing away of Dr. Souleymane Camara, former Director of Veterinary Services and former OIE Delegate of Mali. Dr. Camara passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019, whilst preparing for his imminent retirement, after a long and loyal service to the Malian nation. Dr Camara was appointed Director of Veterinary Services of Mali and OIE Delegate in 2017 and held these positions until his retirement in December 2018. During his time with the OIE family, he contributed significantly and always very well represented his country and his region. The death of Dr. Camara at the age of 62 is a great loss for the OIE, especially the West Africa region, and we will always miss him as a resource person. May his soul rest in peace.