The World Bank has approved a $6 million funding for the implementation of the Africa Centre of Excellence in Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (ACEEZD) by the University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Veterinary Medicine.
The project aims to develop a critical mass of skilled human resource that will contribute to the development of innovative interventions for the control and elimination of emerging and zoonotic diseases through research and training.
UNZA Acting Vice Chancellor Mick Mwala disclosed that the $6 million project will run for the period of five years.
Dr. Mwala said UNZA will implement the project in collaboration with the Copperbelt University School of Medicine, Hokkaido University and Sokoine University of Agriculture and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences of Tanzania.
He said this in Lusaka today when he officially opened the 2016 one day Scientific Symposium at the UNZA School of Veterinary Medicine under the theme “Sustainable animal and human health through research” The symposium has attracted leaders of academia, private sector, pharmaceutical and agro veterinary companies, famers, cooperatives, statutory regulatory authorities among others.
And Dr. Mwala thanked all government ministries, departments and other agencies that rendered support to ensure the project was approved by the World Bank.
Meanwhile, UNZA School of Veterinary Medicine Kennedy Chongo has called on the private sector to come on board in finding lasting solutions to critical issues affecting animals.
Dr. Chongo said private sector participation is key in improving service delivery and ultimately meet the needs of society.