The Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre of African Union (AU/PANVAC)

The Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre an African Union Agency was launched on March 12th, 2004 in Debre Zeit (Ethiopia).

AU-PANVAC Statutory Governing Body: Steering Committee

Based on the approved Maputo Structure by Decision EX/CL/Dec.34 (III) and the subsequent endorsement by the Assembly in decision Assembly/AU/Dec.22 (II), the only approved governing body for the Scientific and Technical offices of the AU such as PANVAC is the Steering Committee which is to be composed of Representatives of the Regional Economic Communities, International Partners, Non-Governmental Organizations, Independent Experts and the AU (Table 1).

  • E. The AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture: Chair
  • Director of AU/IBAR: Member
  • Representative of World Organization for Animal Health (OIE): Member
  • Representative of FAO: Member
  • Representative of IAEA: Member
  • Representative of World Health Organization (WHO): Member
  • Representative of European Medicines Agency : Member
  • Representative of Regional Economic Communities (by rotation): Member
  • Representative of Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicine (GALVmed): Member
  • Martha Yami, General Manager of National Veterinary Institute, PANVAC Host Institute Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, Expert – member
  • Emmanuel Couacy-Hymam, Laboratoire Central de Pathologie Animale, Bingerville : Expert-member
  • Genevieve Libeau, World Reference Laboratory for PPR, Expert- member
  • Onkabetse George Matlho, Botswana Vaccine Institute, Expert-member
  • Director of AU/PANVAC: Secretary

Organizational Structure


“To build a Recognized Reference Centre in the international arena for Vaccine quality control, technology transfer, production of diagnostic and surveillance reagents and capacity building, driven by and for African professionals”


“To promote the use of good quality vaccines and reagents for the control and eradication of animal diseases in Africa.”


  1. Provide International Independent Quality Control of Veterinary Vaccines produced in Africa and imported to Africa.
  2. Produce and distribute essential biological reagents for animal disease diagnosis and surveillance
  3. Facilitate the standardization of veterinary vaccines production and harmonization of their quality control techniques in Africa
  4. Promote the transfer of appropriate vaccine production technologies in Africa;
  5. Provide training and technical support services to veterinary vaccines and quality control laboratories.