Domesticated guinea fowl in Mozambique

Domesticated guinea fowl in Mozambique (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

This project aims to enhance or build sustainable capacity in the region for early detection, reporting and surveillance of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The project uses risk-based approaches (risk mapping, value chain analysis and risk assessment) to create tools and train decision-makers in their use, enabling targeting of scarce resources at areas of greatest risk from the introduction and impacts of HPAI.


  • Improve national, sub-regional and regional capacity for evidence-based risk assessment approaches to enable rapid response for HPAI.
  • Improve national surveillance and reporting capacity.
  • Increase sub-regional cooperation and coordination, with regional support to undertake HPAI investigations, report disease and manage HPAI relevant information.

Summary of activities
The project objectives are addressed through a series of activities for each project location. While the project activities have been tailored to each location, they contain a number of common elements as follows:

  • Rapidly assess existing HPAI surveillance systems
  • Develop, disseminate and train in the use of effective tools for targeting HPAI surveillance resources
  • Train in HPAI surveillance techniques, tools and approaches, including outbreak reporting and data analysis
  • Develop linkages with sub-regional and regional surveillance, disease investigation and learning networks

Expected outputs

  • HPAI surveillance systems assessed and training needs identified
  • Effective evidence-based tools for targeting HPAI surveillance resources based on risk developed
  • HPAI surveillance practitioners trained in surveillance techniques, tools and approaches
  • Knowledge base with regard to HPAI expanded through regional and sub-regional linkages

Start Date: 1 January 2010 | End Date: 30 September 2011


  • African Union/Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources
  • Department of Veterinary Services, Egypt
  • Department of Veterinary Services, Kenya
  • East African Community
  • Economic Community of West African States
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Egypt
  • International Livestock Research Institute
  • Southern Africa Development Community
  • Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Belgium

United States Agency for International Development

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