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

Bangladesh: Establishment of Livestock Health Care System at Kotalipara and Tungipara Upazilas in the Gopalgonj District

The two Upazilas, Tungipara and Kotalipara, in Gopalgonj areas of Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable to flood and to climate change and have limited fertile lands being available for agriculture. Communities are therefore dependent on livestock and these provide a constant but variable source of food and additional income. However, livestock in these areas experience high morbidities and mortalities due to improper management, which includes poor husbandry and poor animal health practices. The project (TCP/BGD/3302) envisages reducing disease-related morbidity and mortality and improving the health and productivity of livestock through adoption of adequate disease control and preventive measures by (i) enhancing the knowledge base of farmers and (ii) improving the capacity of livestock support services to provide adequate technology. This approach fits with a "one family - one farm" programme of the Government of Bangladesh. For most of the families living in these two Upazilas, project interventions are expected to improve their livelihood through improved livestock rearing in compliance with the National Livestock Development Policy of 2007.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

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