The Community-based Animal Health and Participatory Epidemiology (CAPE) project worked in nine countries in the Greater Horn of Africa region from 2000 to 2005. The project worked for policy and legislative change and provided technical support to governments and NGOs to enable Community Animal Health Worker (CAHW) delivery systems. The project also worked with the Pan African Programme for the Control of Epizootics to eradicate rinderpest by supporting government and NGO partners to integrate CAHW systems into epizootic disease control programmes and surveillance and use participatory epidemiology.

The CAPE team worked in three additional areas. They addressed on conflict management in pastoralist areas, especially cross-border areas, at the field and policy levels. They conducted livestock trade studies and analyses and supported the emergence of the commodity-based approach to trade in development products. They conducted reviews of livestock project in humanitarian contexts.

CAPE produced more than 120 reports, journal publications, conference proceedings, and training materials. The documents are available in the tabs to the left under the following areas:

  • Community-based Animal Health Systems, including impact assessments and reviews, documents on policy and legislative change, and minimum standards and good practices.
  • Community Animal Health and Epizootic Disease Control, including documents on the use of CAHWs for disease surveillance, and participatory epidemiology.
  • Conflict Management in Pastoralist Areas
  • Livestock Marketing and Trade
  • Livestock Programming in Disasters
  • AU/IBAR Policy Briefs

This project was based in the African Union’s Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU/IBAR).

Impacts Assessment and Reviews 

Policies, Legislation, Guidelines and Standards

Privatization and Community-based Animal Health Systems

Participatory Epidemiology 

Disease Surveillance


Community Based Animal Healthcare Issues for Policymakers
August 2004

This video describes how trained community animal health workers (CAHW), who travel with mobile herds, have improved the health of livestock in eastern Ethiopia and addresses policy concerns about CAHW...