11/28/17 03:59

4th FAO/OIE Sub-Regional Meeting on GF-TADs for SPC Members

Nadi, Fiji, 28-30 November 2017

Under the Global Framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADS) FAO and OIE is coordinating to organise activities throughout the Asia Pacific region. The Pacific Islands and Territories are currently free of the major priority Transboundary Animal Diseases of global significance, so the focus is on prevention, preparedness and capacity building activities. Many members have very limited resources and are geographically isolated, so having this opportunity for technical staff working in the region to meet in person was a valuable opportunity to share and gather information and form invaluable connections and contacts.

Each member updated on the current situation in their country/territory for both terrestrial and aquatic animals, including diseases at risk of entering and potential routes, prevention and preparedness activities that are currently being undertaken and the gaps that have been identified and how they might be addressed.    

As well as discussing Transboundary Animal Diseases there were workshops sessions on emergency management practices, contingency planning, biosecurity and created some potential scenarios to use for designing and running simulations exercises specific to the Pacific. Experts from partners and international organisations as well as the veterinary services from military were involved in these activities to offer assistance in the workshops and in ongoing efforts to build preparedness capacity and strengthen networks in the event of an emergency or disaster.