Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health

 The Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health Program is part of the VEGA Farmer-to-Farmer USAID-funded Special Program Support Project (SPSP)
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Ethiopia and Uganda
  • VEGA Lead Member: Veterinarians without Borders
  • Objective: This program is establishing a system of livestock disease surveillance in East Africa
  • Timeline: October 1, 2014- September 1, 2018
  • Volunteers: 48
  • Local Partners:

    African Union – Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

  • Theme: Livestock health, Disease surveillance, value chain

The program encompasses four main goals:

1.         Improve nutrition for smallholder farmers by improving livestock animal health.

2.         Increase awareness of trade-related and zoonotic diseases by creation of passive surveillance, or the routine reporting of the cases of diseases reaching health care facilities for treatment or service.

3.         Promote awareness and recognition of foreign animal diseases for US veterinarians.

4.         Support existing USDA and USAID commitments to regional disease control to advance trade.

This type of project differs from most other F2F activities as it is driven from a national and regional demand, instead of demand at the village level. This type of training program has the potential to act as a future model for regions around the globe. There are also benefits for newly certified American veterinarians to learn about recognizing livestock diseases that may be transmitted from Africa to North America. Ultimately, improved livestock health will lead to improved food supply, nutrition, and economic growth.

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