African Union-Pan African Tsetse and Trypansomiasis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC)

Sector in which the organization works:

Government Agency

Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

The Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) Initiative was established by a Decision AHG/156 (XXXVI) of African Heads of State and Government during the 36th Ordinary Summit of the OAU, Lome, Togo, in July 2000. The African Union Commission has been given the mandate to coordinate the activities leading to the implementation of the PATTEC Initiative and the AU has assigned the coordination role to the AU-PATTEC Coordination Office.

The objective of the programme is to create tsetse and trypanosomiasis free areas in all affected countries in Africa and ensuring that reclaimed areas are sustainably, equitably and economically exploited. The objective of the programme will be achieved through the application of principles of the area-wide approach, employing effective and environmentally safe tsetse suppression methods that are appropriately integrated with other medical and veterinary inputs to achieve elimination of both the vector and the diseases its transmits.

The main activities of the programme are:

  • Initiating, promoting, supporting and coordinating activities in the implementation of PATTEC,
  • To remind members countries of about their individual and collective obligation to the objectives of PATTEC,
  • Mediating between countries on modalities of cooperation in addressing a trans-boundary disease and consultation with countries,
  • Mobilization of resources,
  • Capacity building and development of tsetse and trypanosomiasis suppression/eradication proposals for identified areas,
  • Awareness creation and advocacy activities top make tsetse and trypanosomiasis more visible,
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting progress in the implementation of PATTEC.

The programme assisted six African countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) to secure loans of US$70 million to implement the first phase of their projects to create T&T Free areas. Other countries used their own resources or through the support of partners to start the implementation of the PATTEC Initiative.

Program Name

Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC)

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