Disease Control: FAO to train 180 African veterinarians

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The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) of the United Nations (FAO)  through its In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (ISAVET),  will be training 180 veterinarians from 14 different African countries on combating infectious diseases in agriculture.

The training which will be done in collaboration with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) is going to be for a period of 12 months and will involve an approach on public, animal and wildlife health.

According to the Chief Veterinary Officer of  FAO, Juan Lubroth, “This in-service training for veterinary epidemiologists is a good model for future sustainability as once we have built in the momentum together, it can be led and expanded by local and continental veterinary institutions.  What is important here is that it is based on practical, applied, issues relevant to the country, where one ‘learns by doing”

The development and implementation of the curriculum will be charged by FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) and IIAD in collaboration with the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medical & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), public health and local partners.

On his part, IIAD Director,   Dr. Melissa Berquist, said that “We are pleased to take such an important supporting role in the frontline defence of diseases that could impact both animals and humans internationally.”

The African countries to benefit from the training are; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Source: AgricNews-Update

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