New 'ANIMUSE' platform for antimicrobial use data collection, capacity building of 25 focal points for veterinary products in Africa.


The World Organisation for Animal Health recently held a training workshop for Focal Points for Veterinary Products from french speaking Africa, on data collection pertaining to antimicrobial use. They were introduced to the ANIMUSE Platform.

The three-day workshop took place from 30 November to 2 December 2022 in Tunis, Tunisia. Focal points for veterinary products from the following 27 francophone African countries were invited to this training session: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia. Of these 27 invited countries, 25 took part in the workshop.

Official opening of the workshop, by Dr Chedia Seghaier. Picture @WOAH 2022.



The workshop was officially opened by the WOAH Delegate of Tunisia, Dr. Chedia Seghaier who, during her speech, thanked WOAH for choosing Tunisia to host this important workshop. She also mentioned the efforts made by Tunisia for the implementation of the WOAH strategy against AMR before wishing fruitful exchanges to the participants of the workshop.

The workshop consisted of various presentations by WOAH staff and three national focal points.

Five working sessions took place, all characterised by intense exchanges between the focal points on the one hand and between the focal points and WOAH staff on the other hand. In summary:

  • Participants used the ANIMUSE testing portal and made submissions by uploading an Excel file (offline version) and providing responses directly into ANIMUSE. Countries praised the new system which was defined as user-friendly and intuitive. Many participants who were new to the data collection and submission process described ANIMUSE as easy and clear to use.
  • All countries found this functionality essential to address their needs and the lack of national antimicrobial use data collection systems. Participants also mentioned that they were familiar with and appreciated the Excel version but preferred the online version.



  • Countries suggested some ideas when writing proposals for their system. Training materials for animal health surveillance developed by WOAH was shared with the participants.
  • One very exciting outcome is the number of initiatives already underway in several countries to communicate and leverage the AMU data they collect (e.g., video campaign in Côte d’Ivoire and Tunisia, country reports in Madagascar and Cameroon, etc.). The opportunity was taken to capture the countries’ needs in terms of data visualisation, in order to adapt ANIMUSE to their specific needs.
  • Participants were able to practice submitting their national data for the 8th annual round. During this session, the WOAH team guided them and helped them to solve the difficulties encountered.

The Fleming Fund was used to cover the cost of the events and their presence was visible before, during and after the event.

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