H.E. Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim, with Tryps workshop participants

H.E. Eng. Mahboub M. Maalim, with Tryps workshop participants

Kenya, Nairobi, July 7-8, 2010 – A two day workshop on control of Tsetse fly and Trypanosomiasis (T&T) was held in Nairobi to discuss a study on T&T in the IGAD region. The study showed how geographic information systems (GIS) could be applied to identify areas of high benefit for T+T control, informing policy decisions.

In the light of the serious threat that T&T pose to the health and livelihoods of the millions of people in the IGAD Region and across many parts of Africa, IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative has supported this innovative research project.

Officially opening the workshop, H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD, noted that livestock is a major livelihood resource for the majority of poor farmers and pastoralists across the IGAD region and hence the control of Tsetse fly and Trypanosomiasis is one of the key strategic issues in reducing food insecurity and poverty.

Chief veterinary officers from IGAD member states, experts from the African Union (AU), FAO and IGAD Secretariat, and Country Coordinators of the Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) attended the two day workshop.

The workshop, which was organized by IGAD LPI also offered a forum for decision makers from IGAD member states, AU and donor communities and other regional organizations to share experiences on the control of Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis, as well as familiarize participants with new analytical techniques that can assist in selecting priority areas for Trypanosomiasis intervention at both regional and national levels

Background information:
Tsetse flies infest more than 10 million km2 of Africa, where they are vectors of trypanosomiasis (also called sleeping sickness); in man and domestic livestock and so affect the lives and the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers. The disease is caused by subspecies of the parasite Trypanosoma brucei, carried by the tsetse fly. Worldwide, approximately 40,000 new cases of both East and West African trypanosomiasis are reported each year. However, the majority of cases are not reported due to a lack of infrastructure and it is likely that there are more than 100,000 new cases annually. The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Livestock Policy Initiative (IGAD LPI) organized this workshop as part of its mandate in promoting pro-poor policy making process in the IGAD region.

IGAD LPI is a capacity building project being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in cooperation with IGAD. The project purpose is to “strengthen the capacity in IGAD, its member states, other regional organizations and other stakeholders to formulate and implement livestock sector and related policies that sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty”. LPI is funded by the European Union.

Read more about IGAD and IGAD LPI at: http://www.igad.int; on LPI at:
http://www.igad-lpi.org

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