About Us

Our Background

The African Union Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (CTTBD) was established by the African Union as a self-financing Trust to assist with the management of ticks and tick-borne diseases in the region. It is located in Lilongwe, Malawi, where its assets include office space, various animal facilities, laboratories and a vaccine production plant.

In addition to vaccine production, CTTBD offers a range of complementary services and products including training in epidemiology and control techniques for tick-borne diseases(TBDs), production of quality assured vaccines, back up services to vaccines against TBDs, assistance in the investigation and control of tick-borne diseases. Initially, the Centre was called the Vaccine Production Centre (VPC) from 1994 but was renamed the Centre for Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases (CTTBD) in 2000. The facility has been in operation for more than 30 years, manufacturing and selling animal vaccines. CTTBD has unique resources and improved internal management, accounting and administration resources, including stock and accounting control systems.

The African Union (AU) Centre for Ticks and Tick-borneDiseases (CTTBD) was established in Malawi in 1978 following a resolution by the Council of Ministers of the OAU to build regional centres for the control ofticks and tick-borne diseases. The FAO with the assistance of the Governments of the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgiumset up the then Vaccine Production Centre (VPC)in 1994.In 1999 VPC became CTTBD which transformed into a Trust in 2001. Thetrustees include Directors of Veterinary Services from SADC countries1, and representatives from AU-IBAR2 and the SADC Secretariat. In addition, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi are co-opted during Board of Trustee Meetings