From 2 – 6 October 2022, the Deputy Director General (DDG) for Institutional Affairs and Regional Activities, Dr. Jean- Philippe Dop, visited Kenya’s capital Nairobi, with the primary aim to strengthen partnership engagements with some of the GF-TADs and Quadripartite Partners, e.g. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) or the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). At the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) he attended the advisory board meeting of the One Health Research, Education and Outreach Centre for Africa (OHRECA).
While at it, Dr Dop also met with government officials, staff from WOAH Sub-Regional Representation for Eastern Africa and held a TV interview with a national media house (KTN).
Permanent Secretary Kim'tai Jean Philippe Dop October 2022
Dr J-Ph. Dop with Permanent Secretary (PS) for Livestock at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Dr Harry Kimtai. Picture (c) P. Bastiaensen (woah) 2022
Indeed, Dr. Dop paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, where he met with the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Livestock, Dr Harry Kimtai. During their discussions, he thanked the Government of Kenya for its continued support in hosting the Eastern Africa Sub-regional office, with support from the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS). He highlighted the work WOAH has been doing in supporting the forthcoming twinning project on Foot and mouth disease (FMD) between The Pirbright Institute (UK) and the FMD Laboratory in Embakasi, Nairobi.
In addition, Dr. Dop also expressed the commitment by WOAH to continue supporting the fight against Antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He also briefed the PS on the support WOAH is providing global efforts to control and eradicate PPR, amongst others through veterinary workforce development, emphasising the need to strengthen veterinary workforce through capacity building but also provide an enabling environment for veterinarians to work and thrive.
The DDG also had an opportunity to meet with the Delegation of the European Union in Kenya, and held fruitful talks with the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)’s Acting Director and his senior advisors. Dr Dop acknowledged and commended IBAR’s support in reactivating the GF-TADs in Africa, following the two successful steering committee meetings, the last one which IBAR hosted.
He also held talks with the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Kenya and the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD).
Dr. Jean-Philippe Dop, Deputy Director General, Institutional Affairs and Regional Activities.
Dr. Dop had a brief TV interview session, during which he talked about the work WOAH is doing to support animal health and veterinary services. He emphasised the role of veterinary services in dealing with adverse events that affect animals and livelihoods, such as the draught and famine crises that are currently ravaging the Horn of Africa.
The DDG also held extensive discussions with staff at the Nairobi office, in particular meeting the new staff who have recently joined the organisation. Dr Samuel Wakhusama, the Sub-Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, hosted a team dinner with the DDG.
KTN Interview ("The Resident Vet")