GBADs Ethiopia Workshop, May 2023

The GBADs Ethiopia case study was launched in 2021 as proof of concept of GBADs frameworks and methods in estimating the social and economic burden of animal diseases. The workshop presented and reviewed the GBADs estimates of animal disease burdens in Ethiopia that have been generated over the last two years. The data and information was assessed and priorities for further work of value to national stakeholders explored. Stakeholders from Ethiopian government agencies, private sector, nongovernmental organisations and academic institutions participated in the workshop. There was also participation from the GBADs Indonesia team, GBADs partners and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The background to the workshop was a similar event held in Addis Ababa in November 2022 and you can find out more about that workshop here

GBADs Pre Workshop- Wednesday 10th May

During the first day of our May Ethiopian Workshop at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kassy Raymond and Wudu Temesgen presented the updated GBADs Dashboards. This was followed by an interactive session during which the participants used the dashboards to answer set questions, and then had the opportunity to feed back on ease of use. The afternoon session was focused on the vision for disseminated implementation of GBADs, hearing from three invited speakers in plenary and then a panel session. This served as an opportunity to learn from others in similarly structured programmes, discuss what we have achieved so far, and explore what we need to do in the future to support this vision. The speakers were:

Dr Asnake Worku Negash, Ethiopian Public Health Institute – experiences supporting GBD in Ethiopia

Beverley Hatcher-Mbu, ALIVE programme – sharing learnings and exploring synergies with GBADs

Riyandini Putri, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia – GBADs Indonesian Case Study

GBADs Workshop- Thursday 11th May

On the second day, the GBADs Ethiopia case study second stakeholder workshop was conducted, at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This second stakeholders’ workshop presented updates and progress made on the recommendations from the November workshop and explored and prioritized follow up work and actions of value to national stakeholders. The meeting started with a welcome and introduction by Jonathan Rushton, Samuel Wakhusama, Wubeshet Zewde and Wondwosen Awoke.

The next session focused on the progress since the feedback from November stakeholder meeting. Agenda for the second session below:

  • GBADs Background- Jonathan Rushton
  • Livestock Population, Biomass & Total Economic Value- and Equids- Yin Li (CSIRO) and Girma Birhan (University of Liverpool)
  • Animal Health Loss Envelope- Wudu Temesgen (ILRI)
  •  Buzz on tables – Talk on tables about comments and questions from last 3 talks
  • Attribution to specific Causes- Mieghan Bruce (Murdoch University)
  • Informatics- Kassy Raymond (University of Guelph)
  • Buzz on tables
  • Wider Economic Impact- Dustin Pendell (Kansas State University)
  • Introduction to GBADs gender framework- Ellie Balchin (University of Liverpool)
  • Human Health Burden of Zoonotic Diseases- Carlotta di Bari (Sciensano)
  • Buzz on tables

The afternoon session sought feedback from stakeholders (grouped into Government, NGO/Private sector and Research Institutes)  on the current state of data and analytics provided by GBADs, how GBADs information will be used, and the desired future improvements of GBADs tools, information and data.

The main workshop conclusions were the GBADs data and information:

  • will be a critical resource for informed policymaking at all administrative levels starting from the federal to the local level;
  • should be refined, expanded and continued; and
  • should aimed to be used for a range of other decision making environments such as:
    • policy change and improvement;
    • strategy and project development;
    • resource mobilization;
    • institutional development;
    • knowledge management; and
    • Monitoring and Evaluation

The final report for the Ethiopia Workshop can be found here. If you would like to hear more about our Case Study in Ethiopia, please visit our page here or contact