• SVSDC+R

    (SVSDC) STRENGTHENING VETERINARY SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (AFRICA)

    Building African veterinary services that deliver effective governance, health safety, food security and food safety for their citizens

    Funded by the European Union   (2015 - 2018)
  • SVSDC+R

    (+R) PILOT PROJECTS TO SUPPORT THE ELIMINATION OF DOG MEDIATED HUMAN RABIES

    Continental focus : establish a dog rabies vaccine bank
    Regional focus : supporting coordination in the Maghreb
    National focus : supporting rabies elimination in Kenya

    Funded by the European Union   (2015 - 2018)

  • SVSDC+R

    TRAINING OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY LABORATORIES
    (Pan-African)

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    29 November - 1 December 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

  • SVSDC+R

    TRAINING OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY LABORATORIES
    (Pan-African)

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    29 November - 1 December 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

  • SVSDC+R

    FIELD TRAINING ON HANDLING AND CAPTURE OF STRAY OR AGGRESSIVE DOGS

    Tunis, Tunisia       10 - 11 May 2017

    Picture (c) Tunis Municipality (Tunisia) 2017

  • SVSDC+R

    FIELD TRAINING ON HANDLING AND CAPTURE OF STRAY OR AGGRESSIVE DOGS

    Tunis, Tunisia       10 - 11 May 2017

    Picture (c) Direction Générale des Services Vétérinaires (Tunisia) 2017

     

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    LAUNCH OF THE 2017 RABIES VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN SIAYA COUNTY (KENYA)

    Bondo Sub-County, Siaya, Kenya
    19 April 2017

    Picture (c) Matthew Muturi (ZDU) 2017

  • SVSDC+R

    LAUNCH OF THE 2016 RABIES VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN SIAYA COUNTY (KENYA)

    Bondo Sub-County, Siaya, Kenya
    13 December 2016

    Picture (c) Matthew Muturi (ZDU) 2016

     

  • SVSDC+R

    LAUNCH OF THE KENYA NATIONAL RABIES ERADICATION COORDINATION COMMITTEE (NRECC)

    Nairobi, Kenya
    5 August 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

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    LAUNCH OF THE KENYA NATIONAL RABIES ERADICATION COORDINATION COMMITTEE (NRECC)

    Nairobi, Kenya
    5 August 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

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    TRAINING (CYCLE IV) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR WILDLIFE
    (English-speaking participants).

    Lake Nakuru National Park
    Nakuru, Kenya
    22 - 24 November 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016


  • SVSDC+R

    TRAINING (CYCLE IV) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR WILDLIFE
    (English-speaking participants).

    Lake Nakuru National Park
    Nakuru, Kenya
    22 - 24 November 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

  • SVSDC+R

    ADVANCED TRAINING FOR NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR ANIMAL DISEASE NOTIFICATION
    (English-speaking participants).

    Advanced Training on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)
    Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt
    1 - 3 November 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

     

  • SVSDC+R

    ADVANCED TRAINING FOR NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR ANIMAL DISEASE NOTIFICATION
    (English-speaking participants).

    Advanced Training on the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS)
    Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt
    1 - 3 November 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

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    TRAINING (CYCLE I) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY COMMUNICATION
    (English-speaking participants)

    Mombasa, Kenya
    27 - 29 September 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

     

  • SVSDC+R

    TRAINING (CYCLE I) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY COMMUNICATION
    (English-speaking participants)

    Mombasa, Kenya
    27 - 29 September 2016

    Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (oie) 2016

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    SVSDC+R

    TRAINING (CYCLE IV) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY MEDICINAL PRODUCTS
    (French-speaking participants)

    Dakar, Sénégal
    21 - 23 March 2016


    Picture (c) A. Bagayoko (oie) 2016

  • SVSDC+R

    TRAINING (CYCLE IV) OF NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS FOR VETERINARY MEDICINAL PRODUCTS
    (French-speaking participants)

    Dakar, Sénégal
    21 - 23 March 2016


    Picture (c) M. Szabo (oie) 2016

 
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STRENGTHENING OF VETERINARY SERVICES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (AFRICA)

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The Strengthening Veterinary Services in Developing Countries (SVSDC) Project is a 3-year project funded by the European Union, through the European Parliament and the European Commission, aimed at building better African Veterinary Services that deliver effective governance, health safety, food security and food safety for their citizens.

 

It specifically addresses the compliance of African Veterinary Services with the standards on the quality of Veterinary Services of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

 

These international standards and guidelines constitute the basis for independent external country evaluations of the quality of Veterinary Services and Animal Health Systems and have been democratically adopted by all OIE Members. A specific methodology has been developed and published as the “OIE Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services” (the OIE PVS Tool) and is key to this Project as it enables national Veterinary Services to establish their current level of performance, identify gaps and weaknesses in their compliance with the international standards of the OIE, and establish priorities.

 

The Project consists of two components. The first component focuses on strengthening national Veterinary Services in Africa (result areas 1 - 3), and the second component is centred on rabies control and elimination in Kenya and northern Africa result areas 4 - 5). Overall there are 5 result areas :

 

enhance the legislative framework of African veterinary services


gradually bring national veterinary services up to the standards of the OIE through the implementation of OIE PVS Pathway missions and of their recommendations.


develop a PVS-based tool to enable Regional Economic Communities (REC) to exploit data from national PVS Pathway missions conducted in their Member States to develop e.g. regional investment plans

 

at the national level, support the implementation of the national Strategic Plan to eliminate human rabies in Kenya, in collaboration with relevant partners.

at the regional level, set up an OIE Regional Vaccine Bank for canine rabies in Africa and provide technical expertise for the development and implementation of regional strategies (in North Africa).

The project started in December 2015 and ends in December 2018. The total budget for the project amounts to EUR 3.5 million

 

 

GRADUALLY BRING NATIONAL VETERINARY SERVICES UP TO THE STANDARDS OF THE OIE THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF OIE PVS PATHWAY MISSIONS AND OF THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

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The Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway is a review and analysis into the way in which a country can enhance its policies and strategies towards fostering effective and sustainable veterinary governance.

 

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In Africa, 51 countries, and more specifically, Veterinary Services, are actively engaged in this process, and are tasked to identify their main problems or needs, and defining strategies and activities to improve their functioning and compliance with the international standards of the OIE.

 

The PVS mission reports document the findings of such missions, and provide the governments with detailed action plans and the mapping of investments.

 

The SVSDC+R project intends to support the follow-up and the implementation of the recommendations of the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) assessments, including by supporting the development of the required regulatory frameworks, through regional capacity-building and in-country support and by assisting Regional Economic Communities in devising effective and sustainable investment plans and programmes at regional or sub-regional level, based on PVS-based country assessments.

 

A recently concluded PVS Think Tank forum, in part funded by the SVSDC+R project (April 2017) has come up with tangible recommendations, likely to contribute to the achievement of the above objectives, in particular in terms of engaging with regional economic communities, integrating PVS Pathway missions in the strategic planning cycles of Veterinary Services and their line-ministries and supporting the development of in-country capacity for (self) assessment and bespoke PVS mission formats, e.g. focusing on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or the eradication of peste des petits ruminants (PPR).

 

Twelve (12) PVS Pathway missions are scheduled by the end of the project. So far all missions were funded through other funding sources but the expectation is that all forthcoming PVS Pathway mission in Africa will be funded by the SVSDC+R project from August 2017 onwards

 

 

ENHANCE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORKS OF AFRICAN VETERINARY SERVICES

 

 

Veterinary legislation is an essential element of the national infrastructure that enables Veterinary Services to efficiently carry out their key functions, including epidemio-surveillance; early detection and reporting of diseases, including zoonoses; rapid response to and prevention and control of sanitary emergencies; animal products food safety; animal welfare and the relevant certification of animals and animal products for export. In the face of increasing global trade, climate change and the emergence and re-emergence of diseases that can rapidly spread across international borders, the Veterinary Services must be supported by effective and modern legislation. This is why the development and efficient implementation of legislation is included among the 46 critical competencies identified in the OIE PVS Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services.

 

The SVSDC+R project supports veterinary legislation modernisation by the OIE Veterinary Legislation Support Programme (VLSP) which, as a follow up to an evaluation of the   Performance of Veterinary Services  (PVS) and at the request of Members, allows the OIE to conduct missions to help governments that wish to modernise the national veterinary legislation and thereby help the veterinary services meet the OIE standards.

 

After an initial ‘ identification’ mission the country may request a longer term collaboration with the OIE, under a formal agreement, with the objective of modernising the national veterinary legislation. Through such an agreement, the country then provides the means required (as assessed by the mission) to draft new legislation and the OIE provides an expert to advise the country. The advice is mainly provided by correspondence and the expert would normally undertake one or two missions to the country over a 12 month period. The OIE may also obtain input from other experts during the course of the agreement. As per December 31, 2016, such agreements are being implemented in the following countries :

 

Burkina Faso
Côte d’Ivoire
Gabon
Mauritius
Senegal
Tunisia
Uganda (concluded)

 

 

DEVELOP A PVS-BASED TOOL TO ENABLE REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMU-NITIES TO EXPLOIT DATA FROM NATIO-NAL PVS PATHWAY MISSIONS CONDUC-TED IN THEIR MEMBER STATES TO DE-VELOP REGIONAL INVESTMENT PLANS

 

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The OIE will develop and validate a methodology based on an thorough analysis of country PVS Pathway reports, in particular the PVS Gap Analysis reports. The methodology will identify the elements to be considered when developing a regional development/ investment plan, as well as the actors that will need to be consulted (at all levels: national, regional and international). The methodology would also outline what, when and how partner countries can best and more effectively invest and identify those investments which will be conducted at regional level.

 

Moreover this methodology will be validated with main livestock stakeholders in Africa, including AU-IBAR, FAO and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

 

It will be tested in two (sub-) regional investment plans in Africa.

 

The OIE is currently working on the design of a database which would allow for information to be captured in a standardised way. Central to this endeavour is the concept of country profiles, i.e. the amount and format of information that should be available for any country, engaged in the PVS Pathway process, for use by interested parties, whether (regional and international) technical agencies, RECs or donors


PILOT PROJECTS TO SUPPORT THE ELIMINATION OF DOG MEDIATED HUMAN RABIES

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Rabies is one of the most deadly diseases that can be transmitted from an animal to a man, woman or child: a zoonosis. Each year, it kills as many as 70,000 people worldwide, mostly children in developing countries. Over 95% of human cases of rabies are due to dog bites and unlike many other diseases, all the tools needed to eliminate this disease are already available. In close cooperation with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the OIE has embarked on an ambitious programme to eliminate rabies once and for all, in order to avoid further human deaths from this disease, by supporting the widespread vaccination of dogs more information : www.oie.int/rabies

 

The SVSDC Project supports these efforts in Africa at three levels: a national pilot programme to support the elimination of rabies in selected counties in Kenya, a regional programme to support the coordination and harmonisation of rabies control efforts in selected countries in northern Africa and the establishment of a continental OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank for Africa, able to supply quality vaccines for the vaccination of dogs upon receipt of a formal request from an OIE Member Country

 

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AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN TO ELIMINATE HUMAN RABIES IN KENYA, IN COLLABORATION WITH RELEVANT PARTNERS

 

As part of a broad consortium of donors and technical agencies and civil society organisations, the OIE, through the SVSDC+R projects, supports the implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Human Rabies in Kenya by the year 2030.

 

 

The strategy provides a guide for systematic reduction of rabies risk through sustained mass dog vaccinations, pre and post exposure prophylaxis and public education. This strategy is based on activities planned by the national Ministries of Health and of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, in accordance with the GARC Stepwise Approach to Rabies Elimination (SARE) to move from an endemic state to a disease free status. In doing so, 6 stages are expected, each stage foreseeing a set of activities which will build on the previous stage to progressively reduce the risk of the disease.

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This project will support stages 1 and 2 of this strategy in a selected number of counties in Kenya, and will report to the relevant GARC coordination instrument in Africa (PARaCoN) throughout its implementation.

 

In August 2016, a National Rabies Elimination Coordination Committee (NRECC) was set up and is responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the rabies elimination strategy.

 

In addition, a toll-free line for reporting dog bites has been commissioned and a total of 200,000 doses of rabies vaccines was delivered from the OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank in October 2016.

 

So far (May 2017) a total of 47,000 dogs have been vaccinated in Siaya County since December 2016 and active rabies surveillance and dog ecology studies are being undertaken in Siaya, Machakos and Makueni counties

 

 

AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL (1), PROVIDE TECHNICAL EXPERTISE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF REGIONAL STRATEGIES (IN NORTH AFRICA)

 

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In the Mediterranean region, REMESA, the Animal Health Network for the Mediterranean, plays a pivotal role in the coordination activities with a focus on defining a regional approach for rabies control and eradication and the implementation of mass vaccination campaigns of stray dogs. The REMESA Network (for Réseau Méditerranéen de Santé Animale) is based on the Veterinary Services of each country, which have adhered to its objectives.

 

The SVSDC+R project supports a selected number of REMESA countries in North Africa, i.e.

 

Algeria,

Morocco and

Tunisia.



To begin with, a total of 200,000 doses of vaccines have been delivered to Tunisia after which a vaccination campaign was launched.

 

A workshop for dog vaccinator teams on training in dog handling, capture and vaccination in the field was held in May 2017, and a second one is scheduled for September 2017 in order to review the rabies control strategy in Tunisia.

 

Similar workshops have been scheduled for Algeria and Morocco in late 2017 or 2018

 

 

 

AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL (2), SET UP AN OIE RABIES VACCINES BANK IN AFRICA

 

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At the beginning of 2016, the OIE launched an international call for tender, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, for the selection of a dog rabies vaccine manufacturer and supplier to continue the OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank mechanism, which was initially established in 2012.

 

This process, moreover, enabled competition between vaccine manufactures to be reopened.

 

Following the meetings of the OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank Tender Opening Committee and Selection Committee two rabies vaccine suppliers were selected This result will ensure the development of a Regional Vaccine Bank for rabies in order to create rolling stocks and/or contracts/commitments with industry providers of rabies vaccines. Their respective contracts with the OIE were finalised in October 2016 and January 2017.

 

Following formal request received by the OIE from

 

Kenya in 2016 and from

Tunisia in 2017,

 

two initial orders of 200 000 doses of rabies vaccines were delivered through the OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank with funding from the SVSDC+R Project.

 

Using funding from other projects managed by the OIE or donors to the OIE, the OIE has also delivered rabies vaccines to other countries. In Africa, the beneficiary countries so far include

 

Burkina Faso,

Gambia,

Ghana,

Mali,

Namibia, and

Togo

 

through (direct) OIE purchases;

 

Chad and

Mali

 

through purchases of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; and

 

Central African Republic,

South Africa and

Tanzania

 

through WHO support.

 

With SVSDC+R support, several communication tools were developed in the course of 2016 to promote the concept of the OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank in Africa and beyond

 

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download the brochure in English

 

 

download the brochure in Arabic

 

 

CAPACITY BUILDING (TRAINING OF OIE NATIONAL FOCAL POINTS)

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The capacity-building efforts of the OIE focus on enhancing the understanding of international standards, guidelines and related concepts on animal heath, veterinary public health, animal welfare and trade, as well as on enhancing the participation of member states in the standard-setting processes.

 

Capacity building is conducted in all areas of the OIE's mandates and targets OIE Delegates as well as 8 categories of national subject matter focal points.

 

Capacity-building seminars are organised on a regional basis (continental or sub-regional level, by language) and tailored to the specificities of the respective regions. Within the framework of the SVSDC+R project, capacity-building supports the following national focal points :

 

Animal diseases notification (WAHIS)

Laboratory diagnosis

Veterinary products (drugs and vaccines)

Veterinary communication

Wildlife (surveillance)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SVSDC+R Project is entirely funded by the European Parliament and coordinated and administered by the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Commission (European Union).

 

 

 

LINKS

1. OIE

2. OIE Africa

3. OIE PVS Pathway Portal

4. OIE Rabies Portal

5. OIE Rabies Vaccine Bank Portal

6. Rabies - free Kenya

7. WHO Rabies Portal

8. OIE - WHO Global Rabies Conference (2015)

9. World Rabies Day (WRD)

10. Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC)

11. Pan-African Rabies Control Network (PAraCoN)

 

 

 

 

DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD

1. Wakhusama et al. (2017) The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) engagement towards rabies elimination in Africa. JVMOH (in press)

 

2. OIE Infographic on the rabies vaccine bank

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEOS PRODUCED WITH SUPPORT OF THE SVSDC+R PROJECT

 

 

 



NEWS ARCHIVES (PARTIALLY OR ENTIRELY SVSDC+R FUNDED EVENTS)

05.2017 OIE workshop on handling and capture of stray or aggressive dogs (Tunis)

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05.2017 Harmonisation of registration of vet drugs (Johannesburg)

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12.2016 Training laboratory focal points (Harare)

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11.2016 Training wildlife focal points (Nakuru)

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11.2016 Training (advanced) WAHIS 2 (Egypt)

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10.2016 Training vet. communication (Bamako)

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09.2016 Training vet. communication (Mombasa)

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CONTACTS OIE

Dr. Samuel Wakhusama (Nairobi)
Dr. Rachid Bouguedour (Tunis)
Dr. Moetapele Letshwenyo (Gaborone)
Mr. Stéphane Renaudin (Paris, vaccine bank)
Ms. Emily Tagliaro (Paris, other)

 

 

 
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