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Global Commitment to Fight PPR

Countries reaffirm political will to eradicate Peste des petites ruminants by 2030

Over 45 countries renewed their commitment to globally eradicate Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), a highly contagious and devastating disease responsible for the death of millions of sheep and goats each year. At the same time, countries urged resource partners and the development community to contribute in bridging the PPR Global Eradication Programme’s US$340 million funding gap.

The decision to reaffirm this international political engagement and encourage resource partners to join the fight against the disease came at the global conference held on 7 September: Partnering and investing for a PPR-free world, organised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and hosted by the European Commission in Brussels.

In a Ministerial Declaration, participants stressed that PPR “directly threatens the livelihoods of the poorest people of our countries with significant losses in our local economies,” noting that the disease causes more than US$2.1 billion in economic losses per year. 

Addressing the conference, OIE Director-General Dr Monique Eloit said: “With your commitment, we are in the process not only of building a world free from PPR, but also to preserve the livelihoods of millions of poor families. The technical means and knowledge are available. Resources and longstanding engagement from countries will be the triggers to make them accessible and to change the lives of the most disadvantaged populations. Reinforcing national Veterinary Services will be a key milestone in the achievement of this common goal.”

Nearly 270 participants, among them ministers from over 45 PPR-infected and at-risk countries as well as high-level representatives from resource partners, international, regional, civil-society and non-governmental organizations attended the one-day Brussels conference. It was preceded by a Stakeholders Forum, which provided the opportunity to exchange views and to collect first-hand testimonies on the serious impact of PPR.

 "Three hundred million including many mothers trying to feed their children, depend on sheep and goats for their survival. Let's not fail them,"

– Dr Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health, in her opening address on 7 September.

About PPR

PPR, also known as sheep and goat plague, is a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90 percent of an animal heard, and the disease kills anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of infected animals. The PPR virus does not infect humans.

It is easily preventable with inexpensive vaccines that can be administered at low cost.

A vaccination campaign like this “is the only way to prevent the disease from spreading and causing untold misery to humans and animals alike,” said Dr George de Kock, Board Chairman of Cape Wools SA and Chair of IWTO’s Wool Trade Biosecurity Working Group.

More information and the programme of the two days can be found at the Global Conference page:
www.fao.org/ppr/globalconference/en and about PPR on the FAO website 

Download the PPR Infographic (PDF)

Read about IWTO's Wool Trade Biosecurity work here.

Home Page Image Credit: ©FAO/John Thys

 

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