Saturday, 06 June 2015 11:37
The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) has recently organized the above-cited regional meeting in June 3rd, 2015 in Naivasha, Kenya. There are currently limited ways for Member States to share information on the status and epidemiological trends/patterns of animal diseases such as outbreak incident, prevalence, morbidity and mortality rates. Furthermore, there are serious challenges in capturing and timely transmission of disease information by the front-line reporting agents along the ladder of the reporting chain.
The specific objectives of the workshop were to review and enrich the assessment report on the existing mobile phone applications used for disease reporting both in the IGAD region and other parts of Africa that identify the most technologically and financially adaptable and feasible applications for potential up-scaling in the region
The welcoming remarks were made by Dr. Ameha Sebsibe, on behalf of the ICPALD Acting Director and Dr. Zelalem Tadesse on behalf of the AU-IBAR Director. A total of 20 participants drawn from IGAD member states (MS) of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as well as from AU-IBAR, FAO-ECTAD, FAO-Uganda, IGAD-ICPALD, VSF Belgium in Uganda and VSF Germany in Kenya. The one-day workshop discussed presentations and deliberated on the existing mobile phone applications used for disease reporting at regional, continental and global levels as well as the findings of the assessment, the case studies on mobile phone applications, lessons learnt and recommendations.
The meeting provided a number of recommendations; some of which are the piloting of selected application planned in some IGAD MS that will use chosen mobile phone platforms with training to provide technical capacities for the potential users on those technologies recommended for data collection and disease reporting in the IGAD region. The workshop recommended that the MS make the final decision in choosing a mobile phone application for adoption in their respective countries using the findings of the present assessment as well as future pilot of other applications, in consultation with regional bodies. The enriched report will be shared to member states and partners for their information and action
IGAD/ICPALD and AU-IBAR are grateful to the European Union (EU) for having financed this event under the project; Improving animal disease surveillance in support of trade (STSD)