MLN Community of Practice (CoP) Virtual meeting 5th July 2018
By Francis Mwatuni and Dr. Suresh,L.M. : The MLN community of Practice is an initiative under the USAID – CIMMYT MLN Diagnostics and Management Project organizes quarterly virtual meetings with one face to face meeting during the Annual Review and Planning meeting. The regular CoP meetings keep the members updated on the various activities being undertaken by various stakeholders around the globe in fighting MLN in SSA.
This is the second virtual meeting this year and was also conducted via WebEx as the previous one. The meeting was chaired by the CoP Chairman, Mr. Kasaija Banage (Seedco Rwanda). The virtual meetings provide an opportunity for all stakeholders in the management of MLN to exchange ideas especially on the current situation of the disease in endemic countries and the current mitigation measures being implemented.
Several issues were discussed in this meeting which included recap on MLN CoP virtual meeting held on 22/02/2018 followed by update on USAID-MLN Project activities. We also have brief reports from selected countries and institutions. Daniel Bomet, the lead for Uganda gave us a brief for Uganda where he highlighted the preparations for the surveillance to be undertaken in mid July 2018. The Zambian counterpart, Mr. Pritchard Mukuwa of ZARI, Zambia also gave a brief on the projects activities in Zambia. He mentioned about the completion of the surveillance activity in Zambia for this year and the ongoing sensitization activities. The project manager also highlighted the outcomes from the recent East African Community(EAC)-CIMMYT MLN meeting which was held on 22nd to 24th May 2018 in Nairobi. The meeting targeted stakeholder from the member party states who deliberated on a wide range of issues.
A technical brief on the progress on the ongoing seed treatment experiments in MLN free seed production was delivered by Dr. Suresh of CIMMYT while Dr. Prasanna (GMP-Director, CIMMYT) gave a summary the how well are we fighting MLN from different fronts in Africa.
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