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Eradication programmes

In the 1960s, mass vaccination campaigns in the Member Countries concerned, accompanied by movement control and stamping out measures, led to a substantial decline in the disease, which however made a devastating reappearance on the African continent 20 years later, in the 1980s, due to the interruption of vaccination programmes.

The international response to this resurgence of the disease was led by OIE's action, in particular through the publication of recommended standards for the establishment of epidemiological surveillance systems and official free status recognition for rinderpest.

This contained an OIE programme for eligible Member Countries to be officially recognised as enjoying rinderpest-free status.


Rinderpest Eradication Graph

Rinderpest Eradication Timeline


Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP)

In parallel, the United Nations (UN) became very actively involved through the GREP coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the OIE and the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, as of the 1990s, with the aim of obtaining, by 2011 at the very latest, an official declaration of World rinderpest eradication.

Ever since then OIE has been collaborating with FAO to promote the maintenance of global freedom from Rinderpest infection and the safe storage of rinderpest virus containing material.

GREP's post-eradication strategy includes reviewing and ensuring sequestration of all remaining infectious rinderpest virus samples and developing a contingency plan for unexpected outbreaks.

Historical pictures

The bronze statue of a wild buffalo near the entrance of Meru National Park, in Kenya, celebrates the last case of the disease (2010)

"Global Rinderpest Eradication Memorial Stone" at Indian Veterinary Research Institute (2012)

Global freedom     What is rinderpest?     Eradication programmes     Post-eradication phase      International collaboration     Media resources