09/19/17 07:03

Seventh Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multisectoral Collaboration on the Prevention and Control of Zoonoses

Manila, Philippines, 19-21 September 2017

Zoonotic diseases constitute a major concern on health security and pose a profound challenge to global public health. The Asia-Pacific region is a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases, many of which have zoonotic origins. The region is also home to approximately 60% of the global human population and it is estimated that by 2050, the global human population will continue to increase to over 9 billion people. The growth of the demand and the intense urbanisation caused by this population expansion will lead to a continued intensification of farming systems, greater interaction between humans and animals, climate change, and increased globalisation of trade, all of which are underlying factors for emerging infectious diseases, the majority of which are zoonotic diseases.
The prevention and control of zoonotic diseases is a global public health priority and a collaborative and coordinated multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral One Health approach; which is progressively being adopted as a way to address common concerns on zoonotic diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza (e.g. H5N1, H7N9, H5N8), pandemic influenza (H1N1), Ebola virus disease, yellow fever, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have institutionalized a tripartite coordination mechanism to support countries with surveillance, prevention and control of zoonoses and emerging diseases at the human, animal and environment interfaces. As a part of the tripartite coordination mechanism in the Asia-Pacific region, regular regional workshops are organised to review progress in prevention and control of zoonoses, and to define the way forward to strengthen further multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration. Since 2010, six annual, and now bi-annual, regional workshops have been organized by the tripartite to advance on zoonoses control and prevention.
The Seventh Asia Pacific Workshop on Multi-sectoral Collaboration for the Prevention and Control on Zoonoses will take place on 19-21 September 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Implemented thanks to the financial support from the Government of Japan, this workshop will provide opportunities for Member States in the region to update each other on the progress made in establishing functional multi-sectoral coordination mechanisms, in implementing prevention and control of zoonoses at country level, and in sharing experiences including successes and challenges encountered. Participants will include senior government officers from the human health, animal health and environment sectors besides the tripartite partners, invited experts, observers, potential collaborators and development partners. FAO and OIE will support participants from the animal health/environment sectors and WHO will support human health sector.
The objectives of the workshop are:
i. to provide situational and scientific updates on emerging and re-emerging diseases of zoonotic origin, as well as other public health threats, at global, regional and country levels;
ii. to review recent achievements and challenges in multisectoral collaboration and coordination on zoonoses for prevention and control; and
iii. to make recommendations on how to further improve collaboration and coordination between the human health, animal health and other relevant sectors related to zoonoses prevention and control.
The meeting is expected to document the status and progress on the implementation of multi-sectoral collaboration and coordination in responding to zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and frame recommendations for a way forward.