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Publication of the Abidjan conference recommendations: Adoption of the global strategy for the control and eradication of PPR

Last week, more than 300 high level representatives from across the world , including ministerial delegations, representatives of regional bodies and international organizations, gathered in an international conference in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) to agree on a global strategy for the control and eradication of ‘Peste des Petits Ruminants’ (PPR) by 2030.

PPR can severely affect small ruminants in almost 70 countries in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. It is a highly contagious disease that causes USD 1.5 to 2 billion in losses each year in regions that are home to over 80% of the world’s sheep and goats and to the world’s poorest people, many of whom depend on them for their livelihoods.
Eradicating PPR will help improve food security, nutrition, incomes and livelihood resilience of millions of poor farmers around the world.

The ambitious eradication strategy endorsed during the conference was drawn up by FAO and OIE and is built as a combination of three inter-related components, namely the Control and Eradication of PPR, the Strengthening of Veterinary Services and the parallel Prevention and Control of other major diseases of small ruminants.

The recommendations of the conference, endorsed by the participants on Thursday 2 April 2015 are now on line:

 

These recommendations state that the PPR is considered as a top priority disease to be eradicated in the next two decades.

The countries notably committed to strengthen their capacities and expertise of Veterinary services to ensure the good implementation of the eradication plan, through the development of surveillance plans, capacity buildings programmes, transfer of technologies, Public-Private-Partnerships, and the use of PPR vaccines compliant with OIE intergovernmental standards, while addressing in parallel other relevant small relevant diseases.

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