Dr BOUBACAR MBAYE SECK, Coordinator FAO-ECTAD Bamako (Mali)

A baobab has fallen, a library has burned, Dr. Boubacar Seck M’Baye has left us. He was for all of us who knew him in Mali, Africa and around the world, the incarnation of humility, humanity, dedication, competence, rigor and professional excellence, but also of the sense of humor and "joie de vivre". He will remain a model for many of us.

On Thursday, August 16, 2012 in the morning, Dr Seck died with dignity in Bamako in family privacy, without much noise to the image of what his life was. It would be pretentious to summarize his life in a few lines.

Graduated from the Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort, France, and the Institut Pasteur, he has devoted his professional life to the animal health in Mali and in Africa. On his return from training in France, he joined the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Bamako of which he became the Director General and raised it to the rank of prestigious Laboratory in the region. He played a central role in the establishment and development of the Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (PANVAC) ; from August 1996 to July 2000 he was recruited by FAO as Expert Chief Technical Advisor of the PANVAC based in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. Between February 2004 and November 2005, he returned as Director of the Center under a technical assistance contract signed between the AU-IBAR and CIRAD-EMVT. In January 2006, he was recruited by FAO as Project Coordinator of the TCP/RAF/3016, keystone of FAO support to the control of avian influenza in West and Central Africa. This TCP laid the groundwork for the creation of the FAO-ECTAD Unit based in Bamako in 2006. Subsequently, he acted as Laboratory Expert in the same Unitbefore becaming its Coordinator in July 2010. He has immensely contributed , through his numerous advices and technical support missions, to strengthening the capacities of Services and Veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the region.

This man, this great man, this monument, has left us and left behind him inconsolable family members, relatives, friends and colleagues. To summarize this exceptional man, we say that Dr. Seck lived fully and effectively. At the announcement of his death, the wave of sympathy and initiatives to honor his memory we have received from Mali, Africa but also around the world as well as the decoration to the rank of Knight of the Order Mali National Merit awarded by the State of Mali posthumously, remain tangible proofs of the esteem and consideration that we all have about him. A page has turned, but we are confident that Dr. Seck continues to remain in all of us. May we have the strength to continue his work and take inspiration from the legacy he has left us. This is the only tribute that we can pay to him at the dimension of the man he was.

Dr Seck, Frère/Brother Boubacar, Tonton Seck, we miss you already.

Repose en paix et que la terre d’Afrique et du Mali, à laquelle tu as tant donné, te soit légère.

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