Infectious Diseases of Working Horses and Donkeys – a Havemeyer Foundation Workshop
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 18 - 22, 2013
This workshop will focus on strategies for improving control of infectious diseases of working horses and donkeys throughout the world, but with a focus on Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to the clear welfare implications of infectious disease in these animals, there are enormous socio-economic implications of infectious disease in an equine population that provides for the financial security of much of the world’s population.
The 3 day meeting will be held in Addis Ababa at a hotel-conference Center. One of these days will be spent in nearby Debre Zeit, visiting clinics serving working horse and donkeypopulations and run by charities such as SPANA and the Donkey Sanctuary, in collaboration with the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Addis Ababa, and the National Veterinary Institute.
Attendance will be by invitation, with the goal of bringing together regional and western scientists, the major NGO’s working the area, and key stakeholders in the global animal health community. Additional invitees will include organizations with a focus on regional socio-economic development, with a view to explaining the human impact of improving the health of these working animals.
Key components of the program will include:
- Working horse orientation: what and where is the population, what do they mean to people.
- Current knowledge of infectious disease in this population.
- Surveillance: resources available, limitations, impact of knowledge.
- Focus on key diseases - for example African Horse Sickness, and Epizootic Lymphangitis.
- Focus on key issues: local diagnostic tools, value/rationale for vaccines, value/rationale for treatment in control, education and biosecurity.
- How to achieve change: increased funding, investment, communication strategies, coordination of government, NGO’s etc.
- Role of Education and Extension in developing individual’s and communities’ knowledge, attitudes and practices towards aspects of infectious diseases in working equids. Raising awareness of the role of working equids in their lives to increase uptake of new approaches.
- Building the capacity of veterinary faculties, national research organizations, government and private veterinary services. The long term goal being locally driven programs.
Registration is by invitation only
ILRI Ethiopia campus Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 18, 2013
|Arrival Day: fly into Addis, travel to hotel, reception that night.|
November 19, 2013
|Meeting Day 1: Presentations and workshops at ILRI Addis campus|
November 20, 2013
|Meeting Day 2: Delegates travel by bus to visit SPANA, Donkey Sanctuary clinics in Debre Zeit, then town markets to see animals at work. Lunch locally. Afternoon tours of Veterinary Faculty and National Veterinary Institute (NVI: adjacent very large vaccine production facility & Panvac Center), followed by 1-2 hours of workshops at NVI.|
November 21, 2013
|Meeting Day 3: Presentations and workshops at ILRI Addis campus|
November 22, 2013
|Departure Day: delegates to airport.|
Dr. Paul Lunn, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Andrew Stringer, Director of Veterinary Programmes, Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad
Dr. Peter Timoney, Dept. of Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center, Lexington, KY,
Dr. David Jones, Director, North Carolina Zoo, NC.
Dr. Chris Brown, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Stephen Blakeway, Director of International Operations The Donkey Sanctuary, Essex, United Kingdom
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607