Under Specific objective 1 (the governance of the SPS systems in Africa is improved and aligned with international standards), WOAH aims to :

  • Map institutions and SPS coordination mechanisms and support functioning and reporting;
  • Develop, in consultation with main stakeholders including representatives of the private sector, and implement SPS continental policies and plans to strengthen SPS governance and systems at continental, regional and national levels;
  • Support the development of coordinated African position in SPS standards setting organizations and support African participation to their meetings and other relevant international fora;
  • Design and implement programmes for capacity strengthening at continental, regional and national levels on priority competencies identified;
  • Develop and promote knowledge management systems and information sharing platforms on food safety and plant and animal health;
  • Develop and implement advocacy and communication plans on SPS;
  • Achieve that the African SPS system alignment with international standards and related competencies is improved;
  • Undertake SPS capacity appraisal using internationally validated tools and methodologies and formulate costed plans to address identified capacity gaps and priorities.
Output 1 : Policies and Plans for African SPS governance and competency strengthening are developed, implemented and regularly documented.
  • Conduct WOAH Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway missions and reports, in particular: WOAH Veterinary Legislation Support Programme (VLSP) and WOAH Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Programme;
  • Assist in the development or further finetuning of methodologies for regional and cross-sectional analyses, based on PVS data.
  • Provide technical advice in the operationalisation of SPS policy framework;
  • Facilitate the participation of African WOAH Delegates to scientific committees (work of WOAH Specialist Commissions, ad hoc groups) on animal health (and welfare);
  • Provide African WOAH Delegates with up-to-date and science-based information;
  • Facilitate the participation of WOAH Delegates to occasional regional policy or coordination meetings, and ad-hoc WOAH International Conferences, likely to lead to new standard-setting in the future;
  • Assist in the preparation of capacity building programmes on animal health, targeting WOAH Delegates, various categories of WOAH Focal Points, and Import / Export Desk Officers (epidemiologists);
  • Training on WOAH standards and their use for international trade and integration of WOAH tools supporting this process (Official status, Self-declarations, WOAH-WAHIS, PVS Pathway, WOAH Observatory);
  • Specific training on WAHIS reporting and data analysis (National Focal Point seminar for disease reporting);
  • Specific training on WOAH pathways towards recognition of disease freedom (zonal or country-wide), compartmentalisation, and the endorsement by WOAH of official control programmes;
  • Provide access to up-to-date information for the Africa region and Regional Economic Communities (RECs): WAHIS, WOAH PVS Database, WOAH Observatory Portal;
  • Assist in building advocacy and communication strategies to ensure engagement of African WOAH Members and RECs.
Output 2 : African SPS system alignment with international standards and related competencies is improved
  • Support AUC-DARBE and COMESA Secretariat in addressing SPS capacity gaps and share best practices from other regions of the world;
  • Provide technical advice for the prioritisation of trade sensitive animal diseases at COMESA level;
  • Support learning needs assessment, aligned with trade-related global priorities, such as e.g. ASF Control, FMD Progressive Control, PPR Eradication or antimicrobial use (AMU) and resistance (AMR) and formulation of an action plan to address the shortcomings in the scope of capacities, through targeted capacity-building mechanisms.