Mission in support of training in animal disease epidemiological surveillance. North-Central District - Namibia. Report on the mission From 8 to 15 October 2000

Thonnat Jérôme, Tulasne Jean-Jacques. 2000. Mission in support of training in animal disease epidemiological surveillance. North-Central District - Namibia. Report on the mission From 8 to 15 October 2000. Montpellier : CIRAD-EMVT, 74 p. N° de rapport : 54-2000

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Abstract : This one-week mission in support of animal disease epidemiological surveillance training for staff from the Epidemiological Information System (EIS) in North-Central District, Namibia, provided an opportunity to test a highly participatory teaching method,centring on the realities of everyday work, continuous assessment and practical work.The training week concentrated on the organizational aspects of the System and on techniques for meetings and training. The consultants also provided guidance on compiling and producing a training handbook.Three types of assessment were introduced during the session:• Continuous daily assessment through recap questionnaires,• Assessment of participants by training staff,• Assessment of the session by the participants, showing a high level of satisfaction. An evaluation of the teaching support provided revealed a certain number of improvements that could be made to the training programme, notably conceming the use of forms (Community Visit Form - CVF, in particular), meetings with livestock farmers, and training techniques.In the next section, the consultants make their comments and recommendations, primarily concerning: - Close, regular monitoring of field activities,- The supervisory rôle of CAHI and AHI,- The organisation of monthly meetings and regular training sessions,- The introduction of a training plan, with increased human resources,-Priority diseases,- Zoonoses, -An organization chart of the System,- Logistical problems,- Communication aspects,- Laboratory support of the EIS,- Stepping up the System's field operations,- Performance indicators.In the final section, the consultants présent the future prospects:• In the public sector:With the opportunity of organizing a workshop on "epidemiological surveillance methods", aimed at senior staff from Namibia and the sub-region, • In the private sector:By training stakeholders from the private sector: butchers, CAHA, producers.The conclusion of the report stresses: - The major rôle of the System in improving the zoosanitary situation and public health, - The need to raise the general level of staff training and provide ongoing training, - The need to provide farmers with feedback so as to boost their motivation and win their confidence. (Résumé d'auteur)

Classification Agris : L70 - Veterinary science and hygiene
C10 - Education
L73 - Animal diseases
L72 - Pests of animals

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Thonnat Jérôme, CIRAD-EMVT-DIR (FRA)
  • Tulasne Jean-Jacques, CIRAD-EMVT-DIR (FRA)

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