HPAI Control

Hokkaido, Japan@HTM

Prevention and control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) at source by strengthening animal health information networking, capacity building of Veterinary Services, including legislation, laboratory diagnosis and surveillance of wild birds and domestic animals along migratory flyways, and establishment of a data base for Avian Influenza and provision of training programmes and laboratory equipment/materials

Since Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was first reported in Asia in 2003, it is essential to continue efforts of HPAI control, in particular in South East Asia where the disease is considered persistent and endemic in some areas of the Regions, posing a threat to agriculture/livestock and public health.

Under this circumstance, the OIE/Japan Special Trust Fund (JSTF) Project “Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control at Source in Southeast Asia” was implemented from the fiscal 2006-2007 years to strengthen the capacity of the Veterinary Services at the regional and national levels with 4 components: to encourage the improvement of regional and national HPAI control strategies; to encourage HPAI information sharing to further strengthen regional early warning systems; to strengthen the diagnostic capacities of regional collaborating laboratories and national reference/diagnostic laboratories for HPAI (organization of training courses on advanced HPAI diagnosis and installation of high-performance diagnostic equipment and others) and to organise training courses for field veterinarians and para-professionals on strategic surveillance for HPAI.

In November 2007, the OIE Regional Workshop on HPAI was held back to back with the 25th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Asia, the Far East and Oceania, in Queenstown, New Zealand, and reviewed its activities and examined further regional activities on HPAI control in Asia, as a whole. The Workshop identified the progress of the OIE/JSTF Project on HAPI control at Source in Southeast Asia and also the need to expand such activities to other Sub-Regions including SAARC and East Asia.

In this context, the new two Projects for Strengthening HPAI control in Asia were inaugurated in April 2008, as the second phase of the OIE/JSTF Project 2008-2009, under the OIE/Japan Trust Fund (JTF) Programme for Strengthening HPAI Control in Asia.

The OIE/JSTF Project Phase II (2008-2009) includes (a) capacity building for diagnosis and surveillance of HPAI and (b) procurement and provision of laboratory equipment and materials, and complements the component II of the OIE/JTF Project 2008-2012.

The OIE/JTF Project 2008-2012 consists of 3 components and covers Asian OIE Members: (I) Strengthening Information Networking in Asia, (II) Strengthening Capacity of Veterinary Services, and (III) Surveillance of wild birds and poultry along migratory flyways and Strengthening the Database for Avian Influenza accessibly by OIE Members.

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