Hassane H. Mahamat, PhD
Coordinator of UA-PATTEC, PATTEC Coordination Unit, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
It is now almost fithteen years since the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Campaign (PATTEC) Initiative has been decided by the Head of States of Africa. Most countries have developed plans and strategies for the implementation of a national PATTEC programme; several countries have initiated action on the ground aimed at eradicating tsetse and trypanosomiasis; and two countries, Botswana and Namibia, have been successfully rendered tsetse and trypanosomiasis-free. In other countries (e.g. Guinea), some well-delimited and isolated areas are in the way of totally being Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis (T&T) freed. In spite of these encouraging results, there is inadequate progress many countries because of various reasons among which, the lack or inadequacy of technical capacities have been identified.
In accordance with its core functions of capacities building and training, the PATTEC coordination office has initiated a number of activities, including training to build the necessary technical capacity and competence required to carry out activities in the implementation of PATTEC projects. To support this undertaking, a Training Manual for T&T eradication has been written and edited with the help of differents experts.
This Training Manual gives an overview of main principles leading to the successful implementation of a PATTEC project: from the conception, planning, and executing a project, to the articulation of mechanisms for achieving expected results with emphasis on T&T control strategies.
The training manual is expected to provide useful knowledge for a PATTEC project execution and to guide and support the process of capacities building in T&T programmes. As the training manual was initiated during the Year 2014 that was declared by the African Union the Year of Agricultue and Food Security, the trainees from the continental Organisation’ s Members States, who will use this manual, will greatly contribute to food security, poverty alleviation and rural development in their respective countries. Further, the manual that will published in the Year 2015, comes at the opportune moment to contribute in the achievements of the PATTEC Initiative’s objectives, which its 15th anniversary since its launch in the month of July 2000 in Lome, Togo by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union’s members’ countries will be celebrated. (Imprint: Nova)