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Next week sees the first meeting of the Global Access Advisory Committee.  This is the final piece of the jigsaw in GALVmed’s advisory structure, complementing the Regional Advisory Committee (South Asia) and the Expert Scientific Advisory Committee.  So far 39 advisors have been recruited working out of 20 different countries and with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

 CEO of GALVmed, Steve Sloan, said:
This is a significant investment by GALVmed which we have made because we are a small core team with a huge mandate.  

As a global alliance, we need to be able to bring together the best intelligence from a broad range of disciplines.
We have an excellent board to help us with governance and leadership, and a highly skilled team working for GALVmed. And now we also have these three important advisory committees which will broaden our network, reach and skills base still further. 

I am sure their advice will make a huge impact on our work and our delivery.”

Global Access Advisory Committee

GALVmed is also pleased to announce the first 14 members of its Global Access Advisory Committee.

These individuals have been chosen because of their contribution to the livestock industry, disease control or international development.

The role of Global Access Advisory Committee is to provide GALVmed with expert, independent advice on pro-poor access issues pertaining to the sustainable delivery of livestock vaccines, diagnostics and drugs in the developing world.

Dr Charlotte Nkuna, assistant director global access, said:

I am looking forward to the Global Access Advisory Committee meeting because It will give GALVmed the opportunity to understand the real issues that impact delivery to the farmers, getting expert advice on how to address these issues.”

The first meeting of the advisory committee will be held just outside Addis Ababa in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, on 19 and20 January 2011.

Currently members of the committee Global Access Advisory Committee are:

Dr Omer Akesse, Vétérinaire Conseil, (Côte d’Ivoire)
Expertise: Distribution

Professor Walter S Alhassan, SABIMA (Strengthening Capacity for Safe Biotechnology Management in sub-Saharan Africa), (Ghana)
Expertise: Biotechnology, regulatory

Dr Micus Chimbombi, Ministry of Agriculture, (Botswana)Expertise:  Veterinary medicine, agriculture

Dr Albert Doufissa,(Cameroon)
Expertise: Distribution

Professor Chris Garforth, Reading University, (UK)
Expertise: Poverty, exclusion and access

Dr Frans Van Gool, Merial, (France)
Expertise:  Marketing and distribution

Professor Dominic Kambarage, Consultant, (Tanzania)
Expertise: Veterinary medicine, healthcare

Dr Joachim Otte, FAO, (Italy)
Expertise: Pro-poor animal health

Genevieve Phan(France)
Expertise: Quality assurance/quality control

Dr Ed Rege, Consultant, (Kenya)
Expertise: Biotechnology, facilitation

Dr David Sherman, Consultant, (UK)
Expertise: Sustainable animal health networks

Professor Ola Smith, Consultant, (Canada)
Expertise: Livestock production and health

Dr Lazare Tano, Merial, (France)
Expertise: Marketing and distribution

Professor Charles Waiswa, High Heights Services / Makerere University, (Uganda)
Expertise: Distribution

Ultimately it is expected that the Global Access Advisory Committee will be made up of 20 people. Further members will be recruited to supplement the group over the coming months.

Regional Advisory Committee (South Asia)

Following an open invitation, GALVmed’s board and management handpicked a group of high-calibre advisors to offer transparent and strategic advice for work across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The group will be known as the Regional Advisory Committee (South Asia).

The requirements for the committee were exacting. The Regional Advisory Committee needed to bring together a group who between them could provide in-depth knowledge of pro-poor livestock systems and animal health, and experience of veterinary services, animal production, agricultural economics, policy, supply chains, manufacturing, marketing, product registration and quality assurance.

The group also had to include opinion formers and advocates, and people with experience of the priority diseases endemic in the region. In addition GALVmed targeted people with a working knowledge of all four of GALVmed’s priority countries in the region, whilst ensuring a gender balance.

The inaugural Regional Advisory Committee (South Asia) took place in New Delhi on the 13-14 December. Thereafter meetings will take place twice yearly.

The Regional Advisory Committee (South Asia) members are:

Mr Md.Ehsanul Bari, Grameen Fisheries and Livestock Foundation (Bangladesh)
Expertise: Social enterprise in livestock

Dr ADN Chandrasiri, Department of Animal Production and Health (Sri Lanka)
Expertise: Poultry

Dr Narayan G Hegde, BAIF (India)

Expertise: Natural resource management, community   development and sustainability

Dr Khan Shahidul Huque, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (Bangladesh)
Expertise: Livestock and poultry production

Dr Lal Krishna, Former Animal Husbandry Commissioner and Additional Director General (India)
Expertise: Animal husbandry

Dr Shubh Narayan Mahato, Heifer International (Nepal) Expertise: Pro-poor livestock

Dr Chanda Nimbkar, Nimbkar Agricultural Research (India)Expertise: Animal husbandry and sustainable development

Dr Prabhakar Pathak, Department of Livestock Services (Nepal)Expertise: Livestock production and diseases

Dr C K Rao, Intercooperation (India)
Expertise: Livestock livelihoods

Dr S N Singh, Biovet (India)
Expertise:  Vaccine production

Dr D Wanasinghe, All Island Poultry Association (Sri Lanka)
Expertise:  Poultry

The Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) met for the first time in Cambridge in September 2010. The role of the Expert Scientific Committee is to provide independent and transparent strategic advice to GALVmed on disease identification and epidemiology, and on the selection and review of product development approaches for funding by GALVmed.

Currently members of the committee Expert Scientific Advisory Committee are:

Professor Mark Rweyemamu (Chairman) Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS), Sokoine University, Tanzania and Royal Veterinary College University of London (Tanzania)
Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Moredun Research Institute (UK)
Dr Teresa Garate, National Microbiology Center (Spain)
Dr Frans Van Gool, Merial, (France)
Dr Peter H Jones, Independent (UK)
Dr Onkabetse G Matlho, Botswana Vaccine Institute (PTY) (Botswana)
Dr Subhash P Morzaria, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) – FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (Thailand)
Dr Otto D Mozzer, Vallée (South Africa)
Dr Duncan M Mwangi, Pfizer Inc (USA)
Dr M Kariuki Njenga, GDD/IEIP-Kenya, Centers for Disease Control (Kenya)
Dr Peter L Roeder, Taurus Animal Health (UK)
Dr Jeremy S Salt, Zoetis (UK)
Professor Emmanuel  B Sonaiya, Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria)
Dr Villuppanoor A Srinivasan, Indian Immunologicals Ltd (India)
Dr Peter W Wells, Moredun Scientific Limited (UK)
Dr Patricia P Wilkins, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services (USA)