The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) at the University of Minnesota has secured a $4.99 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a seven-year project aimed at strengthening Veterinary services in East Africa. With over 50% of Africa’s livestock located in East Africa, this initiative seeks to enhance the capacity of Veterinary authorities in the region. The funding will focus on evaluating, revising, and monitoring disease control programs through group training and workforce development.

The goal is to improve local systems of animal health and food safety, which can, in turn, benefit food systems, public health, and economies in participating countries. Collaborative efforts among these nations will also promote harmonized regional standards for livestock health and food hygiene, aligning with the World Organization for Animal Health’s recommendations. This project builds on a previous grant and expands ProgRESSVet East Africa, an eLearning program for Veterinary professionals.

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