The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources –
The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the African Union. It was established in 1951 and was initially known as the Inter-African Bureau of Epizootic Diseases. Initially it was mainly concerned with rinderpest control, but its mandate was expanded to other major animal diseases in 1956 and finally to all aspects of animal resource development in 1970. The 2005-2007 AU/IBAR programme is focused on Animal Health and production as well as trade and markets. In this context trypanosomiasis which is considered a major obstacle to African agricultural development is of particular concern to AU/IBAR.
AU-IBAR is the secretariat of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC). The ISCTRC was established in the 60s as a vehicle of cooperation and implementation across national, regional and continental barriers. ISCTRC is a statutory council of the African Union acting as a platform for knowledge sharing and information dissemination on trypanosomiasis research and control. The ISCTRC organizes biennial scientific conference to evaluate progress sustained since 1949.