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Livestock value chain/Uganda - Training boosts Uganda's Foot and Mouth resilience

30 August 2015

A new project run by international organisations has been initiated in Uganda, with officials receiving training in recognising and reporting animal diseases. Following the massive outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in Uganda in mid-2014 and the subsequent recommendations of the FAO Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Mission to Uganda, a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) was jointly developed by FAO-Uganda and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF). The project activities aimed at containing the outbreaks and facilitate risk analysis and characterization of viruses in different parts of the country, as well as fostering strategic transition along the road map for FMD progressive control pathway (PCP). As part of this, an inception workshop was held in the country, followed by an extensive training session facilitated by FAO. The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) funded the FMD recognition training. Both the inception and the training workshops gathered several participants including Community Animal Health workers, Senior Officials, laboratory workers and veterinary workers. During the training, the participants attended the inception workshop to plan for immediate outbreak containment and risk-based strategy for progressive control of Foot-and-Mouth disease in Uganda. Then, the participants drafted a document to upgrade the National FMD Control Strategy (2012) to the risk-based strategy for progressive control of the disease, which is a precondition for Uganda to progress to stage 2 along the PCP for FMD. The team discussed modalities of setting up five regional laboratories to spearhead control of Foot-and-Mouth disease in several regions. The regional laboratories will facilitate timely disease surveillance, sample collection and disease reporting. The training will contribute to the dissemination of the final FMD strategic document by December, 2015. The aim of its implementation is to confirm Uganda as a non-FMD endemic status country (stage 4) along the PCP by 2024.http://www.thebeefsite.com/news/48450/training-boosts-ugandas-foot-and-mouth-resilience/http://agriprofocus.com/upload/Final_FMD_Petition1430406143.pdf


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