08/16/17 05:10

20th SEACFMD National Coordinators Meeting

Pakse, Lao PDR, 16-18 August 2017

During the 19th SEACFMD National Coordinators Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2016, Member Countries recommended the importance of taking risk-based approach to National FMD control plans and their subsequent implementation. This was duly endorsed by the 23rd OIE Sub-Commission in Cambodia last March 2017 who likewise emphasized FMD-free countries’ efforts to continue to actively monitor and maintain their FMD free status in addition to periodical review and testing of their contingency plans.

The upcoming 20th SEACFMD National Coordinators Meeting to be held in Pakse, Lao PDR in August 2017 will focus on science and risk-based national and regional approaches contained in the SEACFMD Roadmap 2016-2020 and its components to progress FMD control and eradication in the region. Member Countries shall have the opportunity to understand the implementation plan for the research priorities and directions set earlier, after current gaps in the region were identified. Member Countries can also identify own research priority for their respective country to help facilitate regional efforts.

Similarly, Member Countries will have the opportunity to review their FMD risk-based National control plans and present progress. Existing strategies, methodology and tools available to provide appropriate and timely emergency response to control FMD in endemic countries will be reviewed including contingency plans to maintain FMD-free status.

Manuals to support the SEACFMD 2020 strategy and its application will be introduced during the meeting. The manuals will serve as one of the tools to guide FMD control activities relevant to each strategy component, namely, technical, coordination and advocacy, and governance and policy. Likewise, updates on the SEACFMD campaign and the latest regional situation will be presented including the current FMD risks brought by the incursion of serotype Asia 1 into Myanmar and incursion of O/Ind2001d into China.

There will be detailed discussions on key activities such as FMD surveillance, FMD outbreak investigation, FMD vaccination campaign, communication strategies and Post Vaccination Monitoring as well as workshop and group exercises to enable delegates to share their experiences and ideas.

Further, results of various relevant studies such as the regional FMD risk assessment, socio-economic benefits of FMD freedom, and analysis of the FMD baseline and serological survey by member countries will be presented. OIE and partner agencies shall offer insights for the science and research-based evidence to the delegates.

At the end of the meeting, it is expected that the member countries shall have:

1. Reached for an agreement on means of progressing the key recommendations from the previous National Coordinator’s and SEACFMD Sub Commission meetings.

2. Identified research areas for priority research within SEACFMD research within SEACFMD Research Priority Plan 2016-2020.

3. Presented updated FMD risk-based National FMD Control Plan and progress report on the implementation of their National FMD Control Plan.

4. Gained awareness on the SEACFMD manuals and its application into practice.

5. Secured country level updates on FMD risks, prevention, control and response activities in the region.