Tripartite collaboration on One Health

The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia participated in a series of coordination meetings with regional partners FAO and WHO on the H7N9 virus since it was first detected in a pigeon in China on 4 April 2013.

These meetings provided an opportunity to discuss the OIE Standards relevant to Avian Influenza and how initiatives can be made consistent with the International Standards.

During the Technical and Programmatic Coordination Meeting which was held in Bangkok in June 2013, OIE shared the findings of the recent expert mission to China, as well as its initiative on seeking previous surveillance information on wildlife from Member Countries and the analysis to be completed by the OIE working group on wildlife.

Organised by USAID and FAO, the meeting reviewed the status of H7N9 in human and animal health sectors as well as its risk of spread in order to determining the short- medium- and longer-term surveillance strategies including status diagnostic tests and protocols for H7N9 at-risk countries. The meeting also identified opportunities for synergies of the human and animal health as well as other sectors among the countries in the region and between the countries and the relevant international organizations.