The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) together with the African Union (AU) held a launch meeting for the project “Vaccine Standards and Pilot Approach to Peste des Petits Ruminants Control in Africa” at the AU Headquarters in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia) from 11 to 12 February 2013.
The project “Vaccine Standards and Pilot Approach to PPR Control in Africa” aims to establish a Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Regional Vaccine Bank and develop a pilot strategy to control the disease in selected countries in Western Africa. It also intends to strengthen the capacities of the Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre of the African Union (AU-PANVAC) to improve the quality control of PPR vaccines produced and used in Africa.
The meeting was a determining step forward in the effective deployment of the three components of the project and addressed the following:
- Vaccine quality control component with discussions between laboratories producing PPR vaccines in Africa and AU-PANVAC;
- Vaccine Bank with the Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI), which was chosen to supply the PPR vaccines following an OIE international call for tender launched in October 2012. Among others, BVI will be responsible for delivering high quality vaccines and ensuring the rapid and smooth transportation of the vaccines requested to the countries of destination; an estimated 10 million vaccine doses will be delivered primarily to Burkina Faso and Ghana, as well as to other selected West African countries;
- Development of a PPR control strategy: the protocol of the pilot field studies to be implemented in Burkina Faso and Ghana was presented, with the aim to provide countries and partners with PPR control methods relevant for all regional ecosystems and animal populations.