Lifesaving Livestock Diagnosis Training in Ethiopia

Serious socio-economic and public health consequences can result from transboundary animal diseases (TADs) which are highly transmissible and have the potential for rapid spread, irrespective of national borders, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization. In order to combat these diseases, early detection and reporting to authorities is vital. This is particularly true in East Africa where livestock have large grazing patterns. In effort to combat TAD, Veterinarians Without Borders USA (VWB USA) implements the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Syndromic Surveillance for Livestock Health (SSLH) program in Ethiopia and Uganda. The SSLH program goal is to increase producers and community animal health workers awareness of animal health and disease recognition through volunteer trainings, thereby enhancing the passive surveillance system for healthier livestock.