Japan pledges contribution of USD 927,000 to IAEA project“Strengthening Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratories in Africa for Rapid and Specific Diagnosis of Transboundary Animal Diseases”

On 24 August, the Government of Japan pledged contribution of 927,000 US dollars through IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) to support the IAEA’s nuclear application project aimed at strengthening veterinary diagnostic laboratories in Africa.
The contribution will cover the completion of the planned activities focused on Cameroon and Chad, and the establishment of two regional hubs in Western and Northern Africa as well as building national VETLAB network capacities in surrounding countries. A significant number of African countries are expected to benefit from this project.
Transboundary animal diseases are primary obstacles to global food security and poverty alleviation, especially in Africa. With the funding from several donors including Japan, this IAEA project has been successful in building capacities for early and rapid diagnosis and control of such diseases as well as in creating regional network of laboratories in Africa. Japan decided to provide additional funding for this project to support the IAEA in its mission to contribute to socio-economic development in Africa through application of nuclear technology.