A new dawn for livestock health in Eastern Sudan

November 24th, 2016

The Livestock Epidemio Surveillance Programme (LESP-ES), funded by the European Union, aims to improve the livelihoods and resilience to food insecurity of about 427,000 vulnerable rural smallholders in the three Eastern Sudan states Kassala, Gedaref and Red Sea.

The planned interventions aim to strengthen the technical capacities of regional veterinary services through achieving three results:

  1. Technical capacities for coordinated epidemio-surveillance and control of trans-boundary animal diseases strengthened at state level
  2. Diagnostic capacity of veterinary laboratories and quarantine facilities at state and locality levels improved.
  3. Awareness and skills of rural livestock producers and other stakeholders concerning animal health, production and trade are improved.

LESP meetingOne of the main concerns is the improvement of the diagnostic capacity of veterinary laboratories and quarantine facilities at state and local levels. Activities that will help achieve this are the improvement of  the work environment through rehabilitation of the Gedarif Veterinary Regional laboratory, provision of  furniture and  increasing the capacity of cold chain facilities for storage of samples.  The Regional Veterinary Research Laboratory plays a crucial role in livestock export through the diagnosis of trade relevant diseases such as Brucella.

Dr HamadDr. Hatim Hamad, director of the laboratory, indicated that the support he had received from Practical Action through LESP project is unprecedented and could not be afforded by the Ministry of Finance. He indicated that the enhancement of the work environment had contributed positively to best practices and the support to the cold chain facilities enable the laboratory to accommodate the samples of more than 13 veterinary professionals pursuing their Masters degrees as well as the training of veterinarians and veterinary technicians/

He also noted that the support  received enabled the laboratory to open a new tick identification and classification unit taking in consideration the importance of tick borne diseases. He added that the epidemio-surveillance field missions executed through  the project will enable the collection of tick samples from different state localities and during this period he had successfully  identified Hyaloma species for the first time in Gedarif State.

LESP activityHe indicated that the provision of better diagnostic tools and equipment will improve the diagnostic capacities of the lab tremendously and help in meeting the OIE requirement which is considered one of the major ways in which the programme has added value.

Dr Hamad expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by Practical Action towards the development of Eastern Sudan States and his wish to continue cooperation between Practical Action and Ministry of Livestock in the future.

2 responses to “A new dawn for livestock health in Eastern Sudan”

  1. Nahid Ali Says:

    Many Thanks

  2. Stephen Kur Bona Says:

    My name is Stephen Kur Bona, a South Sudanese who graduated from the college of Veterinary Science in 2009. I worked for VSF Belgium from 2009-2013 in the livestock sector to improve the livelihood of the vulnerable South Sudanese Agro Pastoralist. When VSF Belgium decided to closed down its office in Juba, it resulted into a big vacuum particularly in veterinary service delivery and veterinary public health awareness on zoonotic diseases. This situation has brought about the highest mortality rate among the livelihood assets. I am kindly requesting your office to mobilize funds to rescue the situation we are in. On my Part, I will facilitate the Registration and other connections within the country. Despites FAO supporting the livestock sector, FAO still finds it difficult to meet the partnership needs and therefore the situation needs more NGOs, CBO and strong private sector. The government of South Sudan is being paralyzed by the 2013 conflict and the economic crisis that hit the country as a result of the partial closure of the oil production. Funding the livestock sector from the govern has been zero since independence and as a result, a person who owns ten cows could loss all of them simply because no medicine available. I will make more information available as soon as you reply and request for info.

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