The International Organisation for Migration continues its efforts to reinforce national capacities through its MIDA projects in Great Lakes region. For Rwanda, many projects in the fields of health, education and rural development have been carried out and have bought a remarkable contribution in different ways.
Nowdays, the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Husbandry (ISAE) based in Busogo, is among the beneficiaries of the OIM support and introduced its training panel, a new veterinary education skill of A0 level. Beyond this educational revolution, ISAE is currently going through a delicate period in its operational process. This institute took the firm resolution to engage itself more into research and restructuring as required their infrastructures like laboratories, curriculum programs and of course, its areas of competence by ensuring continuous training of its teachers.
The OIM project for which I've been selected to work for streamlines in the same logic. Heading with the evaluation of the role of the interface between wildlife and domestic animals in the transmission of zoonosis around the National Akagera Park, this project gathers knowledge in the various fields such as wild fauna, diagnostic laboratories and animal epidemiology.
These fields are of course of high importance but are also very broad. This is why it was decided to focus work on the particular case of brucellosis, tuberculosis and the trypanosomiasis.
The first mission carried in May this year, mainly targeted to identify the necessary knowledge, needed for the good progress of the project. Pointing knowledge in animal pathology, the concepts of zoonosis to be most important for manipulators. A large chapter was also devoted to incurred risks during handling of transmissible germs (biosecurity). At the end, a short outline on capture techniques we are planning to use.
Beyond this rigid and almost academic basis, comes to be sealed a social aspect, very important for the project: human relationship, various contacts are gathered with several partners through the project all around the country. Persons in charge of animal projects, Official authorities so much in education or in regulation of animal resources, are as many handshakes, as discussions and unavoidably lead to shared solutions supporting this walk towards progress.
The second mission started in September and comes out to consolidate this construction. Main purpose was to examine in details, in terms of risks and safety for manipulators. This means working rooms, material available for analysis, as well as executing procedures.
This meticulous work made possible to target and prevent in the best way, incidents likely to occur within implied laboratories. This is much more important and appreciated, that this stage occurs within the beginning of the project, before any sample have been handled and this clearly indicates the good design of the project. Gathered results are in good correlation with structural work already done, official reports and official handbooks are now available. The Quality manual is a good exemple of them, but all this could be nothing without the follow-up and engagement in decided measures. So, efforts remain to be provided.
Today, at the end of my second mission within this project, one can realizes how much each session is an opportunity to bring up the needed knowledge for technicians or veterinary doctors and all other intervenient for the project.
It is very attractive to follow this slow, but detectable setting up and notice occurring changes. We so, share as well how we see pathologies, encounter animal health problems as well as solutions we find out for each one of these challenges.
I remain very fond of this social environment surrounding the project, of gathered contacts still coming on. New and increasing interests are showing up all along our new partnerships. So, collaborations for now and to come are the most advantageous contributions of the project and without doubts the assets of its success.
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