In the past, rinderpest caused the death of millions of animals all over the world, with terrible consequences on food security, rural livelihoods and economic losses. But thanks to decades of global efforts, in 2011 rinderpest became the second disease eradicated in the world, the first and only other one being smallpox in humans. To know more about rinderpest
In the scope of maintaining global freedom and keeping the memory of Rinderpest alive, the OIE has launched an exhaustive campaign to be implemented in its 181 Member Countries, to make sure that all actors are fully aware of rinderpest challenges. A range of tools will ensure that they know the role they still have to play in the post-eradication era : Download
The keyword for this campaign is Vigilance. Because, only with the continuous vigilance of these key players, at local and national level, will we keep our world free from rinderpest.
We all have a role to play:
- As key players in preserving animal and human health, veterinarians, both veterinary authorities and practitioners, farmers, teachers and students of veterinary medicine, as well as laboratory staff all have a role to play in the post-eradication area.
- The objectives of the campaign are consequently multilevel in order:
- to ensure that rinderpest occupies an appropriate place in veterinary education curricula,
- to maintain professional knowledge of rinderpest to enable effective surveillance for rapid detection, notification and response in case of a resurgence of the rinderpest,
- to guide laboratories to get rid of any rinderpest virus-containing materials stocks.