|dc.description.abstract||During year one the project has focussed on introducing the strategy for the eradication of
rinderpest from Sudan to all stakeholders, ensuring that mass rinderpest vaccination stopped
in line with the strategy, improving outbreak reporting and investigation systems, introducing
community-based surveillance systems, and developing emergency preparedness systems in
case of a rinderpest outbreak. Training has been provided for CAHWs, supervisors and field
veterinarians, and community dialogue has been carried out and communication materials
disseminated. The project has supported regional co-ordination meetings and facilitated
sessions on rinderpest eradication, and organized a review and planning meetings for project
co-ordinators and counterparts in Nairobi. Rinderpest outbreak rumours have been followed
up and there have been no confirmed cases of rinderpest so far in 2002. Some planned
activities were not carried out so they have been rescheduled to be carried out in year two e.g.
During the year, there has been an increase in the areas under rebel-control, when some key
towns in eastern Equatoria were taken over by the SPLA. This has expanded the area that
needs to be covered by the project. In addition there are areas outside the southern region of
Sudan that are not under government control and therefore it will be difficult for the
government to carry out surveillance and verify absence of rinderpest in these areas e.g.
SPLA areas of Nuba mountains and Southern Blue Nile and parts of north-eastern Sudan
under NDA control. The project proposes to make linkages with agencies working in these
areas to ensure their participation in rinderpest eradication, develop systems for outbreak
reporting and investigation, and carry out surveillance visits to the areas.
As a result of the expansion of rinderpest eradication activities, the project plans to utilise
some of the funds that were unspent during year one to employ an additional field
veterinarian with the necessary support to assist in covering the additional areas.
The focus for year two is to continue to develop and refine the systems for outbreak reporting
and investigation, surveillance and emergency preparedness, to ensure that if rinderpest virus
is still present that it is identified and action taken, and, if it is no longer present, to start to
build up evidence that Sudan is free of rinderpest.||