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First Phase of PPR Global Eradication Effort Taking Shape

21 July 2016

GLOBAL - The first five-year phase of the global programme to eradicate Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) has taken a step closer to finalisation.

That follows a two day strategy session at FAO’s Rome headquarters that brought together animal health experts, government representatives, livestock professionals and other stakeholders from around the world.

Convened by FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), through their Joint PPR Secretariat, the aim of the meeting was to present participants with a workplan for the first five years of the global effort to completely wipe out PPR by 2030 and gather their feedback and input.

Now FAO and OIE will incorporate that feedback into the plan, which they will finalise by September and begin mobilising resources to implement it.

Peste des Petits Ruminants - PPR for short - is a highly contagious viral disease affecting small ruminants, like sheep and goats that can kill as many as 90 per cent of the animals it infects within days.

Around 80 per cent of the world’s population of 2.1 billion small ruminants are found in regions where PPR is present - the virus is now present or expected to exist in more than 70 countries and causes an estimated $1.5 to 2 billion in financial losses each year.

PPR eradication is linked to other global challenges like poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition, and resilience building, in particular for small holder farmers and women. It will also contributes to strengthen security and to build peace in the affected countries and regions.

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