Partner 12: The Central Veterinary Laboratory, Bamako, Mali (LCV)

Role, qualification and experience

LCV is a national laboratory that has an established track record of performing diagnostic and research activities of animal diseases and production of animal vaccines in West Africa. It was established in 1979 with the primary assignments: 1) to contribute to the prevention and eradication of animal diseases through diagnostic and research activities, 2) screening for zoonoses and quality control of food, water and beverages, 3) production of vaccines and sanitary protection of livestock against infectious diseases and 4) technical training and continuous education of technicians in the field of laboratory techniques. The Department of Animal Vaccine Production, the Department of Diagnostic and Research and the Department of Administrative and Engineering services constitute the LCV. At LCV, research activities are concentrated on infectious and parasitic diseases in particular 1) the prevalence of animal disease of economic importance in Mali, 2) development of simple and sensitive diagnostic methods for field conditions, 3) development of new effective vaccines against these diseases. The Mycoplasma laboratory, is today considered as one of the leading CBPP diagnostic and research laboratory in West Africa. Transdisciplinarity and collaborative linkages are established with the world’s leading scientists in their respective field. Frequently, the CVL scientists are called upon to collaborate with research teams not only in the developed countries (Europe, USA), but also in developing countries. Therefore, through the continuing partnership with international agencies around the world including USAID, AIEA, FAO and international research centers such as CIRAD-EMVT (France), ILRI (Nairobi, Kenya), CIRDES (Bobo, Burkina Faso) and many others, the CVL has became one of the leading Institute in the diagnosis and research in animal diseases, and production of animal vaccines in west Africa. Locally, the CVL is in contact with the Institute of Agronomic Research, the Animal Health Department, the Medical Research School & others institutions.

Scientific leader

Dr Abdallah Traoré


Key personnel

Abdel Kader Traore, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Scientific Communication at the School of Medicine. Participant of the WHO training of coordinators for the national control programme for HAT. Key investigator on studies of brucellosis, rift valley fever; member of the international network of rabies.
M. Niang, MSc, PhD, senior scientist with >20 years experience in the field of laboratory and field work including microbiology, immunology, epidemiology and bacterial zoonotic diseases, participant in several INCO collaborative projects.
A. Fane, Ing. Sci. Appl., DEA, MSc senior scientist with >20 years experience in laboratory and field work including microbiology, immunology & bacterial zoonotic diseases. Participant of “Lait Sain pour le Sahel “collaborative research project.
Abdallah Traoré, MSc, research associate, >20 years experience in laboratory work. Research focus : zoonoses (brucellosis, rift valley fever), working on the development of a marker vaccine and ELISA for the control of PPP as part of a EU funded project.


Laboratoire Central Vétérinaire, Mali