Australian Embassy delegates visit the African Union Pan-African Veterinary Vaccine facility in Bishoftu, Ethiopia

We were very pleased to co-host a visit by the Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Peter Doyle, and Senior Program Manager, Rebecca Yohannes, to the AU-PANVAC facility in Bishoftu on 12 February 2020. The visit was part of the Embassy’s monitoring of grants given to NGOs under the Australia NGO Cooperation Program.

Dr Nick Nwankpa, the AU-PANVAC Director, made a presentation on the Newcastle disease control activities we have been co-implementing with AU-PANVAC across AU Member States. The delegates were also taken on a tour of AU-PANVAC’s laboratories and animal facilities. Kyeema is very grateful for the ongoing support of both the Australian government and AU-PANVAC for the ongoing Newcastle disease control training activities.

The Ambassador expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Kyeema Foundation and AU-PANVAC for their great work to address Newcastle disease and improve the livelihoods of farmers across the continent.  He said that Australia is proud to support this important collaborative initiative between NGOs, the African Union and the Ethiopian Government.   

Mr Peter Doyle (Australian Ambassador to Ethiopia), Rebecca Yohannes (DFAT Senior Program Manager) and Dr Nick Nwankpa Director, AU-PANVAC) with AU-PANVAC staff.

Mr Peter Doyle and Rebecca Yohannes inspect AU-PANVAC animal facilities with Dr Nick Nwankpa.