Activities on GF-TADs

2nd FAO/OIE Sub-Regional Meeting of GF-TADs for ASEAN Member Countries (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 31 March 2015)

The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) is a joint FAO/OIE initiative which specifically aims at the control and prevention of Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and Emerging Infectious Diseases, providing a regional coordinating framework for a range of infectious disease control activities occurring at global and regional levels.

Regional Specialized Organizations (RSO) such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), were identified as key actors in the implementation of GF-TADs. In their interaction with OIE, FAO, national Veterinary Services and technical specialists, the RSOs strategize and prioritize activities for disease control, notification, surveillance, and risk mitigation.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) co-organised the first FAO/OIE Sub-regional Meeting on GF-TADs for ASEAN member countries in 2009 in Indonesia. Since then many programmes, projects, disease control strategies have been developed: the current status and progress of such activities should be shared among partners to strengthen collaboration and to link with Regional and Global GF-TADs.

As recommended by the 8th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) Meeting of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014, the FAO and OIE jointly heldthe 2nd Sub-Regional Meeting of GF-TADs for ASEAN Member Countries in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 31 March 2015, in the margin of the 23rd ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Livestock (ASWGL) Meeting.

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  1. update on GF-TADs work in the ASEAN member countries;
  2. link activities of RSO to Regional and Global GF-TADs; and
  3. identify any new considerations for inclusion in the meeting’s recommendations.

Eight countries in the ASEAN regions participated in the meeting. The meeting was briefed on developments regarding GF-TADs at the global and regional level by the Permanent Secretariat (OIE Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific (RRAP)). Also, both FAO and OIE gave an update of their respective activities pertaining to the GF-TADs in the region.

Discussions were ensued regarding the presentations from lead countries for specific diseases and the recommendations of the 8th RSC Meeting of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific.

Among the key points raised by member countries were:

  • Consideration on other swine diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and bee diseases, as part of the priority disease list of ASEAN;
  • Exploration of establishing a rabies control and prevention network and a rabies diagnosis reference centre in ASEAN;
  • Reconvening the HPAI Task Force Meeting for ASEAN;
  • Research directions on TADs: baseline information on rabies like dog ecology, economics; and
  • Provision of reagents and training of laboratory staff for capacity building of veterinary services.

ASEAN will continue discussing the revision of priority TADs for the sub-region and will raise it at the next RSC meeting of GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific in 2016.

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