The tick-borne viral disease CCHF has been an increasing problem in Afghanistan over the past years. It causes a severe disease in humans with a high fatality rate. During the BEP project, DCA will empower the Zoonotic Committee of Afghanistan to develop a sustainable and holistic approach to mitigate this disease. In addition, DCA will build the capacity of the Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory on identification and in-depth knowledge of the vector tick species. Last but not least, DCA will increase the awareness of the communities at risk on the prevention of CCHF.
The CCHF project to mitigate the incidence of CCHF in Afghanistan has been awarded to DCA Livestock Programs by the U.S. Department of State. This project is part of the Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP). May 1st, 2018, DCA commenced the implementation of this project, entitled ‘Increasing Crimea Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) Detection, Mitigation, and Prevention Efforts in Afghanistan’. The project would end on March 31st, 2019, but has been extended to August 31st, 2019.