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Press Release 2008

Ambassador Joins CJTF-HOA Team to Promote Ethiopian Livestock Health

On May 14, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Yamamoto visited a Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) veterinary civil action project (VETCAP) providing treatment and care to livestock at seven locations in Eastern Ethiopia.  The Ambassador joined visiting U.S. military specialists and Ethiopian veterinarians at Jeldessa, an hour’s drive outside of Dire Dawa.  At the site, he worked with the team to vaccinate several animals, and greeted the community members who had gathered with their goats, sheep, cattle, donkeys and camels.

During the nine-day VETCAP, CJTF-HOA’s 13-member 354th Functional Specialty Team is working with Ethiopian veterinarians to vaccinate more than 20,000 animals.  They are inoculating cattle against Blackleg and Anthrax, and inoculating sheep and goats against Contagious Caprine Pleuro-pneumonia (CCPP) and Peste de Petite Ruminant (PPR). Additionally, they are providing health exams and training on basic care and nutrition, and treating livestock for internal and external parasites.  Following the inoculation drive, the U.S. military specialists will provide training on “small animal” surgical procedures at a Dire Dawa veterinary hospital.

The VETCAP, which will contribute to livestock health and the economic prosperity of citizens in Dire Dawa region, is one example of CJTF-HOA’s work with regional governments to protect common interests and enhance citizens’ safety and security.  The mission of the task force is to conduct unified action with local military forces and government representatives in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region to prevent conflict, promote regional stability, and protect Coalition interests in order to prevail against extremism. The task force is headquartered in Djibouti, and includes a Country Coordination Element at the U.S. Mission to Ethiopia as well as Civil Affairs teams based in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.