OIE initiates hands-on training on the collection and submission to the OIE of data on antimicrobial use in animals.

The OIE conducted the first training workshop fully dedicated on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals in Eastern and Southern Africa. The content for the training was designed and build on the feedback received from the 2nd OIE Global Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance and Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animals “Putting Standards into Practice” held in Marrakesh, Morocco, 29 - 31 October 2018  and the side meeting of  the OIE Regional Commission for Africa during the same meeting.

The three-day event was attended by some 90 participants drawn from 29 member countries of Eastern and Southern Africa, along with a selection of English-speaking African countries from other regions of Africa.

Participating countries included; Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Congo (Dem.Rep.), Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, eSwatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the host country, Kenya.

The participants recorded their expectations for the workshop and had an opportunity to take part in an interactive presentation that allowed them to use their smart phones using real-time voting software in registering their understanding and implementation of the OIE standards relating to AMR and AMU.

Presentations were made by colleagues from OIE, ILRI and Mott MacDonald (Fleming Fund management agents). Countries shared their experiences on Legislation for Veterinary Products and AMU, their interactions with pharmaceuticals and wholesalers on AMU, how they collect and report AMU data and their practices with veterinarians and farmers on AMU.

Lively group work sessions on obtaining kilograms of active ingredients, animal biomass and on the future of OIE data collection were well received and appreciated by the participants. These sessions simplified the understanding of how the AMU data is compiled.

The participants were urged to familiarise with OIE standards while strive to adopt them in their countries for implementation. Having mapped the medicine supply chain, it was easy for the participants to identify their sources of data collection.

The presence of the OIE focal point for veterinary products, together with the AMR focal point and a representative of the national drug regulatory authority presented an opportunity for enhancing collaboration back in the countries for AMU data collection and the inclusion of the AMU as an important component of AMR national action plans.

 

« It always seems impossible until it’s done…»

Nelson Mandela

The workshop was funded by the European Union, through the Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries (SVSDC) Project and the United Kingdom, through the Fleming Fund. A similar sub-regional workshop is scheduled for the remaining French-speaking countries in Africa in early 2020.

Presentations for download (all in English)

AMU Workshop Mombasa 2019

Group photograph. Picture (c) O. Valsson (oie) 2019.

Standards related to AMR in the Terrestrial Code

Terrestrial Animal Health Code
TAHC (2019)

Introduction to the recommendations for controlling antimicrobial resistance

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Terrestrial Animal Health Code
TAHC (2019)

Harmonisation of national antimicrobial resistance surveillance and monitoring programmes

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Terrestrial Animal Health Code
TAHC (2019)

Monitoring of the quantities and usage patterns of antimicrobial agents used in food-producing animals

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Terrestrial Animal Health Code
TAHC (2019)

Responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine

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Terrestrial Animal Health Code
TAHC (2019)

Risk analysis for antimicrobial resistance arising from the use of antimicrobial agents in animals

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All pictures (c) O. Valsson and P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2019.

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PICTURES OF THE WORKSHOP

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