Dr Mary Maker, OIE NFP from South Sudan. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2019.
The OIE has just completed the sixth in a series of training courses for OIE focal points for veterinary medicinal products. The seminar was held in part in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, as well as in the town of Debre-Zeit, seat of the National Veterinary Institute (NVI) and the African Union Pan-African Veterinary Vaccines Centre (AU-PANVAC), and was attended by national OIE Delegates and OIE Focal Points for veterinary medicinal products from 22 countries from English-speaking Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Egypt, Eritrea, eSwatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and the host country : Ethiopia.
Besides OIE regional (Gaborone, Nairobi) and head office staff (AMR and Veterinary Products Department, Paris) contributions were made by four OIE Reference Centres on veterinary products (ANSES France, AU-PANVAC Ethiopia, NVAL Japan and FDA United States), as well as invited regional and international experts from Ethiopia (Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Africa-CDC), from Mauritius (on behalf of the World Customs Organisation, WCO) and the UK (Veterinary Medicines Directorate, VMD).
The two “One Health” tripartite partners of the OIE were represented by WHO Geneva (by videolink), as well as FAO Addis Ababa and Harare. The opening ceremony was held at the Getfam Hotel, and was officiated by the Hon. State Minister for Veterinary Services, H.E. Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, who delivered an opening address, alongside Drs. Patrick Bastiaensen and Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel (OIE) and Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen Anbessie, OIE Delegate of Ethiopia and Director of the Disease Prevention and Control Directorate.
Most of the first day of the seminar was directed to newly appointed Focal Points, providing a rapid overview on the OIE and its activities related to veterinary products covered in previous training sessions and during the last OIE Global Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco (2018). This enabled newly appointed Focal Points to be adequately informed on the OIE and the main standards, guidelines, VICH and issues pertaining to veterinary products, including vaccines for aquatic animals.
The subsequent sessions covered :
The training course was funded by the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund, through grants from the United Kingdom (Fleming Fund, UK-AID), with the logistical support of AU-PANVAC and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The following training seminar is the one for French-speaking African countries, to be held in Lomé, Togo, from October 8 – 10, 2019.
Group picture. Picture (c) O. Valsson (oie) 2019.
All pictures (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2019, unless mentioned otherwise.