What is RAHC

The Regional Animal Health Centre (RAHC) is a specialized center on animal health and welfare for the ECOWAS Member States. It was created in collaboration with technical partners including AU-IBAR, FAO, OIE to support the control of Avian Influenza during the outbreak in 2006, and was established through an ECOWAS Heads of States Supplementary Act A/SA.20/02/12 with the mandate of detecting, controlling, monitoring and reducing the impact of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses for food security and nutrition, improved livelihoods and job/wealth creation.

What is RAHC's Mission?

RAHC’s primary mission revolves around its mandate to ensure the health and welfare of animals and inadvertently, the safety and socio-economic upliftment of humans, by proffering solutions to mitigate the impact of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses in the ECOWAS space.

What does RAHC do?

The main objective of the Regional Animal Health Centre (RAHC) as delegated by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government is to provide technical assistance and support to Member States to prevent and control transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses and improve livestock productivity and agricultural growth.

How is RAHC funded?

RAHC is funded from two main sources: the ECOWAS annual budget, and program funding from funding partners. RAHC is also supported by technical partners.

Who is the head of RAHC?

RAHC is operated on a day-to-day basis by an Executive Director, who reports to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters.

How does RAHC influence policy?

The ECOWAS Treaty provides for the harmonization of relevant text and coordination of actions for the benefit of ECOWAS Member States. RAHC harmonizes regulatory texts and coordinates actions in the area of animal health and welfare.

How do I apply for a job at RAHC?

Thank you for indicating interest in joining our team. We’re always looking for committed professionals willing to engage in the challenging work of coordinating actions in the area of animal health and welfare. Click on “JOBS” for current opportunities available.

What kind of opportunities does RAHC have for students and recent graduates?

We offer Mentorship, Internships, Information and Resources on Animal Health and Welfare.

Does RAHC offer grants?

RAHC does not offer grants at the moment.

Does RAHC partner with other entities or organizations?

RAHC works through partnerships with various technical and development entities and organizations in the West African region, African continent, and internationally.

How does RAHC support investment?

We support investment at different levels through policies, programs, and training actions.

Can I use the RAHC logo?

The RAHC logo is the ECOWAS logo, and is the corporate identifier and official seal of the Organization, and it is protected under international treaties and conventions on intellectual property. Its use is highly restricted and is prohibited without prior permission. Requests for use of the RAHC logo for any reason whatsoever, whether or not in association with other logos, must be addressed to [email protected]. (This address will be sorted out in due time)

What are the terms of use for the reproduction of materials found on the website, including logo, photographs and graphic designs?

If you wish to mirror, reproduce, republish or translate any of the information available on the website for wider dissemination, please refer to ECOWAS copyright and terms of use.

The unauthorized use of the ECOWAS name and logo is against international law and is expressly forbidden.

How can I obtain RAHC videos, photos and other multimedia materials?

RAHC photographs, videos, audio, print materials and other assets are available to professional media platforms and others for authorized use. Visit our Media page to explore our multimedia packages.

What are some examples of RAHC’s work in the field and success stories?

So far, we have implementation the PPR Prevention and Eradication project in three ECOWAS MS-Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (2019); coordinated field vaccination activities at borders between Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (2019); Training of Trainers for Field Supervisors in Conakry, Monrovia & Freetown (2019); and organized the regional Animal Health Network Workshop in collaboration with FAO-ECTAD and USDA/APHIS (2019). Visit “Programmes” for more information.

What can RAHC do for me?

RAHC offers a wealth of information on animal health and welfare, food safety, security and nutrition, livestock agriculture and wealth creation in the ECOWAS space which can be used to inform research, policy development and technical programming in the ECOWAS. RAHC publications and statistics are invaluable resources not just for the ECOWAS space, but also for areas of the world with challenges similar to our region, for analyses, case studies and data.

How can I stay up to date on the latest news from RAHC?

Follow us on social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  You can also subscribe to our online Quarterly Bulletin.

I am a journalist, who should I get in touch with for queries from the media?

Please contact our Communications Officer at [email protected] or (+223) 20 24 22 30. For the latest news, press releases and media events, visit our Blog and Press Centre.

What is the RADD?

RADD stands for Regional Animal Disease Database, a database for reporting transboundary animal disease and zoonoses outbreaks from ECOWAS Member States through epidemiological surveillance and laboratory diagnosis.

I am having difficulty finding specific information on RAHC.int. Where should I go?

Please try using our search bar, however, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please come back later. We are constantly updating pages and sections daily.