IGA President Beth Miller and Board Member Paula Menzies attended the launch of the the Peste des petits ruminants Global Research and Expertise Network (PPR-GREN) in Vienna Austria from 17-19 April 2018. The PPR-GREN network was established and endorsed in 2015 to support a global strategy to eradicate PPR. Dr. Menzies also serves as co-chair of the PPR GEP Advisory Board.
Peste des petits ruminants, (PPR) was first identified in Côte d’Ivoire in 1942 but has continued to spread at an alarming rate affecting more than 70 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Middle East. Over 80 percent of the world’s sheep and goat populations are at risk causing annual economic losses of up to USD 2.1 billion (OIE).
The PPR-GREN network, spearheaded by FAO and OIE, has been tasked with promoting and initiating an integrated, comprehensive research and expertise network that builds on synergies to eliminate the threat of PPR. The elimination of this disease will improve the livelihoods, food security, and health of people nationally, regionally and globally.
This inaugural meeting involved researchers and institutional representatives, regional organizations and development partners. They agreed on the terms of reference (ToR) and elected the Bureau of the PPR-GREN, as well as updated the group on the PPR GEP implementation progress and ongoing PPR research. They built consensus regarding mid-term research needs within the strategic needs of the PPR-GEP.
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