Activities on GF-TADs

OIE/FAO Regional Workshop on Swine Health Management in South-East and East Asia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 22-24 August 2012

Around 60 % of the word pig population is found in Asia, and 80 % of them are concentrated in East Asia. As pig meat is one of the most important animal protein sources for humans in Asia, its production system is an integral part of the livelihood for the rural community in the region. As the demand of pig meat and its products in Asia has been growing, the socio-economic impact of pig diseases has become more and more significant than ever before.

Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Highly Pathogenic (HP) PRRS and FMD are the major Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) in pigs and have been rampant in most of South-East Asian countries and some in East Asia affecting pig production sector in those countries.

Under the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs), which was established in 2004 as a joint FAO/OIE initiative and mechanism, HPAI, CSF and FMD were recognised the priority TADs for South-East Asia.

The global, regional and sub-regional cooperation for FMD control is being addressed under the OIE Sub-Commission for Foot and Mouth Disease in South East Asia and China (SEACFMD) through the implementation of the SEACFMD Campaign and the FAO/OIE FMD Progressive Control Pathway (PCP). Recently the Regional Steering Committee of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific endorsed the initiative of the Government of Japan aiming to support, even more, the FMD control in Asia, through the OIE/JTF Project on FMD Control in Asia.

In the 5th meeting of the GF TADs Regional Steering Committee, held in Tokyo in July 2011, it was recommended that support to member countries be increased to conduct epidemiological studies, strengthen capacities for diagnosis, control and management of swine diseases such as PRRS and CSF.

Considering the above-mentioned points, the OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific and FAO jointly organised the OIE/FAO Regional Workshop on Swine Health Management in East and Southeast Asia on 22-24 August 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with the kind support of the Government of Vietnam in particular, the Department of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The main objective of the workshop is to share the latest information on important transboundary swine diseases mainly focusing on Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and Highly Pathogenic Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (HP-PRRS) and the up-to-date pig industry in East and Southeast Asia. The workshop will also be providing participants with updated information on African Swine Fever (ASF) as one of the emerging threats to the pig industry in our region.

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