Proposal For OAU-IBAR PACE Database Management Information System.
African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources
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The incidence of poverty in Africa is not a new phenomenon. It has been there for as long as Africa itself has been there. But the people of Africa have forever used their land as the source of survival through cultivation and herding. The practice is now threatened by the increasing population, which particularly comes with it a reduction in the amount of land available for herding. An outbreak of disease for animals means that migration of the animals to un-infected grounds is no longer possible. This therefore implies that the animals would have to receive treatment or the already meager wealth will disappear in no time. The delivery of veterinary services is critical to successful elimination of poverty in Africa. OAU/IBAR understands the critical nature of this problem and has therefore conceived the PACE programme which address animal health information collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination. Indeed, the dissemination of information on disease patterns, the tracking of disease incidence and the elimination of poverty among livestock producers in Africa are all intertwined into one. For the achievement of the trio viz: disease elimination, tracking of incidence of disease and hence the initiation of elimination of the same, and the elimination of poverty or at least its alleviation can only be achieved if a centralized data collection, analysis, information generation and sharing is given a prominent role in the integrated effort. The need to monitor the incidence of livestock disease patterns is critical and requires concerted reporting for effective preparedness and early warning. On-line dissemination of information especially at this time where the level of technological advancement has become a necessary tool in management and decision making, it is not only a necessary, but also an essential, vehicle for the achievement of the desired goal of the PACE database management information system. As indicated in the ToR Belcom CT will seek to meet the desired project goals of: • Assessing of data types for best structured database • Evaluation of the proposed analytical tools • Proposing the best operational platform • Phased design of the operational database MIS • Production of a working prototype • Testing of operational prototype • Incorporating comments gathered to produce the final version • Translating of a French version for the country database MIS • Preparing a complete operational system manual • Provision Of Technical Support It is our pledge that what we have proposed in this proposal shall be implemented, using our time tested local resources and experience that shall be our guide as we seek to achieve the desired goals.
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