A 10- day Pan African tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC), training course on planning and execution of PATTEC projects was officially opened on 18 October 2012 at the ¨Ecole de Lutte Anti-Tsétsé¨ (ELAT) in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso for 24 French speaking participants drawn from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Conakry, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Senegal and Togo.
Also present was the representative of the Governor of the region of the Hauts Bassins and Dr Hassane H. Mahamat, the AU-PATTEC Coordinator in the presence of representatives of International and Regional organizations as well as government officials.
Speakers at the opening ceremony lauded the efforts of the African Union Commission, in general and the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture in particular to support capacity strengthening of tsetse and Trypanosomosis affected countries due to lack of the required human resources for successful implementation of the PATTEC Initiative.
The main objectives of the training course were among others; to introduce national PATTEC programmes’ personnel to projects planning, area-wide principles and practices in Tsetse and Trypanosomosis eradication, Geographical and data management, management as well as monitoring and evaluation and the expected results of the course are capacity and skills of personnel in projects’ administration, planning and execution reinforced as well as their managerial skills improved.
The Pan African tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign training that kicked off on 17 October will run till 27 October 2012.