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THE first phase of a 15-year international initiative to eradicate peste des petits ruminants (PPR) was launched last week by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The plan launched on October 28 covers the first five years of a global campaign that aims to eradicate PPR by 2030. Described as the ‘initial battle plan’, it sets out the objectives and approach of the eradication programme, which initially aims to reduce the prevalence of the disease in currently affected countries. The FAO and OIE will coordinate the efforts of governments, regional organisations, research institutes, funding partners and livestock owners.
Why eradicate PPR?
PPR, or sheep and goat plague, was first identified in Côte d'Ivoire in 1942 and has since spread to some 70 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. …