Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) Initiative

The regional initiative Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) aims to improve the performance of Veterinary Services in South-East Asia in the prevention, control and eradication of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses. STANDZ represents the peak of the Australian Government support to OIE, doubling previous support for the regional eradication of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the past 15 years.  With A$12.7 million funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), STANDZ is working toward reducing the impact of EIDs, TADs and zoonoses on food security, human health, and livelihoods in South-East Asia over the next five years. Launched in Hanoi, Vietnam on 12 September 2011, STANDZ brings together under one umbrella programme all DFAT-funded OIE projects namely the South-East Asia and China FMD (SEACFMD) Campaign, the Strengthening Initiative for Veterinary Services (STRIVES), formerly known as the Project on Strengthening Veterinary Services (PSVS), and  One Health Project on Zoonoses.

STANDZ activities are grouped according to the following component outcomes: 1) SEACFMD; 2) One Health Rabies Programme; 3) Veterinary services strengthening; and 4) Programme management. The general approach to implementation of STANDZ is divided into three broad groups of interventions, namely: policy engagement, programmed (or pre-planned) interventions and Small Grants Facility.

In 2014, STANDZ launched Pilot projects in Lao PDR and the Philippines that aim to help these countries control FMD and Rabies respectively. A new pilot project will be launched in 2015 to help Myanmar prevent and control FMD.

The OIE SRR-SEA is working with a wide range of stakeholders which are grouped into ‘core’ and ‘other’ stakeholders. Core stakeholders include national government departments of agriculture including OIE delegates; national basic and continuing education institutions concerned with veterinary professionals and para-professionals; and regional organisations (Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South-East Asia Veterinary Schools Association (SEAVSA), Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA), technical development partners (FAO and WHO). Other stakeholders include regional and national research institutions, national Ministries of Health divisions concerned with zoonoses, Multilateral Development Partners (WB, ADB), bilateral development partners (Australia, US, Japan, France, Canada, New Zealand, P.R. of China) and national private sector veterinarians.