4-6th December 2019 (Lodwar, Turkana country, Kenya): IGAD center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) convened a bilateral crossborder planning meeting between Kenya and Uganda from 4- 6th December 2019 in Lodwar, Turkana County, Kenya to develop a harmonized transboundary animal diseases surveillance and vaccination calendar for 2020 between Kenya and Uganda . The one-day meeting focused on planning of harmonizing/ synchronizing prevention and control TADs in the shared crossborder areas of Karamoja cluster that covers West Pokot and Turkana counties in Kenya and nine districts in Karamoja region of Uganda. The meeting was attended by twenty three participant drawn from Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (National and districts), Uganda and National/ County governments (Kenya), VSF-Germany- Kenya, Mercy Corps- Uganda and ICPALD.
The key actions conducted and recommended
1. A six month harmonized surveillance and vaccination calendar against common TADs was developed between West Pokot county & Amudat district and between Turkana county and Kaabong, Kotido and Moroto districts
2. December 5th 2019 at Lokiriama ward, Loima sub-county, Turkana County, Kenya: Lomeyan Ewoi, Lokiriama ward administrator was delegated by Agriculture CEC to launch the exercise at the crossborder area with Uganda. Many pastoralists presented and get vaccinated their livestock against Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) and Peste Des Petits Ruminants (PPR). Additionally, animals were treated against various ailments and dewormed alongside use of ectopour to control external parasites including ticks,
3. December 6th 2019 at Rupa Sub-County, Moroto district, Uganda: Vaccination against LSD and PPR was launched by Edward Echo on behalf of the Chief Administrative Officer, Moroto district and animals vaccinated
4. Similar and regular coordinated cross border vaccination will be advocated on both sides as per the agreed calendar
ICPALD expresses appreciation to FAO for providing financial support
Source: Inter Governmental Authority on Development