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Press Release
Yaounde July 19, 2012

U.S. Government officially hands over information technology equipment to the Cameroon Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.                                                                             

On Thursday, July 16, the United States Government will officially present a large array of information technology equipment to the Veterinary Department of Cameroon’s Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.  United States Ambassador to Cameroon, Robert P. Jackson, made remarks at the official handover ceremony, which was presided over by the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries, and Animal Industries.

The $35,000 (FCFA 17,500,000) equipment donation is part of the RESPOND project, a program component of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program. The project supports the Government of Cameroon in its effort to combat diseases of animal origin before they pose significant human threats.  The equipment donation is intended to support the Ministry in its implementation of the newly created national program for the prevention and fight against emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, using a One Health approach.

The One Health approach recognizes that human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, and that collaboration across sectors is needed to achieve more rapid and effective responses with benefits to public, animal, and environmental health.

For more information, please contact the United States Embassy in Yaounde, Press section Tel 22 20 15 00, ext 4162 or 4273.