Thailand: United Nations Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son Province

The project (UNTS/THA/033/UNO) is an unique UN programme jointly executed by FAO, UNIDO, UNFPA, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR and WHO. FAO is responsible for management of the project and plays key role in agricultural development. The main activities in the area of livestock development, are to support native chicken raising and develop hygienic chicken slaughtering and chicken meat products processing. These activities contribute to animal protein food security at community level, complementing H.M. The Queen of Thailand's Food Bank Project and School Agriculture for Lunch and Nutrition Projects of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, income generation for small farmers as well as to improved food safety. FAO-RAP closely collaborates with the Provincial Livestock Office under the Department of Livestock Development in organizing trainings on low-cost chicken raising and hygienic chicken slaughtering and chicken meat products processing and in input provision, i.e., chicken houses and native chickens to farmers and equipment and materials to upgrade the existing facilities of the Meat Processing and Training Center in Mae Hong Son.

Responsible Technical Officer: Dr. Vishnu Songkitti

Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam: FMD Control in Southeast Asia through Application of the Progressive Control Pathway

The project (GCP/RAS/283/ROK) seeks to improve the control and management of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) through the application of the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD in the Southeast Asian sub-regional, specifically in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. The Progressive Control Pathway is the approach developed by FAO for classifying each country's progress in FMD risk management. In the PCP approach, which is supported and endorsed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there are criteria describing the FMD risk management stage of countries that are not free of FMD. The project will provide direct assistance to countries in support of their activities to move forward through the early stages of the pathway and set the foundation for continued progress to the later stages. It is expected that by the end of the project participating countries will have achieved Stage 2 status of the progressive control pathway for FMD.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Wantanee Kalpravidh (ECTAD RAP)

Alternate: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

Indonesia (Bali): Enhanced Coordination of Control Efforts, Capacity Building, Awareness Raising and Rapid Outbreak Response to Control Rabies in Bali, Indonesia

Rabies is endemic in several parts of Indonesia. Bali had been rabies free until the disease was first confirmed in humans on 23 November 2008 and later in dogs. Up to May 2012, 139 human cases of rabies and 643 rabies cases in dogs have been reported. As Bali had been rabies free, there was a general low level of awareness and knowledge on management and control of the disease, posing a challenge to local government animal and public health services. The control of rabies in Bali targeted control in dogs and case management in humans through collaborative, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary mechanisms (One Health approach). FAO (TCP/INS/3302 (E)) works with national and provincial animal health services to develop a revised strategic plan, better manage national and international partners involved with rabies control in Bali, and facilitate control programme components on vaccination, surveillance, diagnosis, rapid response, community awareness and mobilization, training, monitoring and evaluation, and resource mobilization. A practical One Health approach was used to implement integrated bite case management at the sub-district and district level resulting in more sensitive surveillance, more effective case tracing and management. A significant reduction in both human (71%) and dog rabies cases was seen in 2011 compared to 2010 as a result of the programme.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

Viet Nam: Partnership of Global Animal Health and Biosecurity Initiatives - Component 4, Capacity for Rabies Control in Viet Nam

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) through their Biosecurity Services Group and Office of the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, is working with the FAO Animal Health and Production division to deliver projects that contribute to the global capacity to respond effectively to emergency animal diseases, strengthen disease intelligence gathering and analysis capacities, improve our knowledge of the relationship between livestock and wildlife, assist with rabies in Vietnam, and support the FAO reform process. One of the components of this collaboration (OSRO/GLO/102/AUL) seeks to build capacity for rabies control in Viet Nam. The general objective of this component is to build capacity for evidence-based management of rabies control in Viet Nam. A specific objective of the component is to develop base-line data on dog ecology, record current practices, attitudes and knowledge about potential threats to public health due to rabies in Viet Nam and consider options for a cost-effective control programme in animals as element of a strategic rabies control programme in Viet Nam. This investment in rabies control will provide useful lessons that can be applied to the management of other zoonotic diseases in the Asian region

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

Asia-Pacific Region: Enhancing Regional Coordination of FMD Control

The recent large scale epizootics of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in previously infection-free Japan and Republic of Korea, together with the ongoing endemic status of the disease throughout most of Asia, and the significant threat the disease poses to food security and livelihoods of the large farming community in the region necessitate a concerted regional approach to controlling FMD. FAO (TCP/RAS/3401), in collaboration with the OIE and the Governments of India and Thailand, is organizing regional and global scientific conferences, in India in February 2012 and in June 2012 in Bangkok respectively, with the following specific objectives: (i) update the regional scientific community, the technical experts and policy makers on the advances made on the development of new technologies and tools to improve FMD control in the region and globally; (ii) discuss and share experiences and lessons learnt on FMD control and eradication in various regions of the world; (iii) train country participants in the self-assessment FAO/OIE tool of the FMD progressive control pathway; (iv) develop a strategic regional and sub-regional framework for progressive control and eradication of FMD in the region; and (v) mobilize resources during the ministerial and donor pledging session to be included in FMD global conference in Bangkok.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

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