The mission Namibia was carried out from August 11th to August 22nd 2008. The evaluation team consisted of two certified OIE experts: Dr. Alex Thiermann as evaluation team leader and Dr. Sabine Hutter as technical expert. The team was accompanied by the acting CVO, Dr. Francois Joubert to most of the meetings and visits. If he was unavailable, another staff member joined the team. Two major constraints of this mission were the passing away of the late Chief Veterinary Officer of Namibia, Dr. Otto Hübschle shortly before the mission, as well as an on‐going FMD outbreak during the mission in the FMD infected zone of Namibia, located in the Caprivi Region in Northern Namibia. The evaluation team collected information through documents provided before, during and after the mission, interviews, and meetings held with the personnel of the Veterinary Service and stakeholders, as well as through observations made during the field visits.
Data requested and provided
Prior to the visit a detailed list of baseline documents was requested from the acting CVO of Namibia. It included questions as to the structure of the VS of the country, other veterinary institutions, the number of animals, imports and exports of animal origin, lists of consumer organisations and many more. This information is meant to help the assessors get a first impression of the veterinary situation in the country and especially to plan the programme of the evaluation. Comprehensive data was sent to the team leader a few days before the beginning of the mission. This was rather late, but understandable due to the constraints mentioned above. The mission was carried out without delays and with complete collaboration by Dr. Joubert and his staff. All requested information during the mission was willingly given either in paper or electronic format. A table ‐ List of documents collected electronically or in paper ‐ is shown in the Appendix.
Proposed selection of sites and visits actually conducted with contacts
The evaluation team tried to visit as many different places and meet as many players as possible during the short time of the mission. A complete program was drafted jointly between the evaluation team and the DVS. Most of the team´s wishes were fulfilled, except for the visit to a second state veterinary office, which was not possible due to lack of time. Only a short meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health was possible. A follow‐up meeting with other Health officials and meetings with the Minister or the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture were not possible due to their busy schedules.