10/04/18 07:16

Regional Meeting to Accelerate Prevention and Control of Neglected Foodborne Parasitic Zoonoses

Luang Prabang, 16-18 Oct. 2018

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the Regional Office for South-East Asia, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will convene the Regional Meeting to Accelerate Prevention and Control of Neglected Foodborne Parasitic Zoonoses in Selected Asian Countries from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic.

The burden of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses such as foodborne trematodiases, taeniasis/cysticercosis and echinococcosis is significant in Asia. Their transmission continues due to poor hygiene and sanitation and unsafe food production, preparation, handling and consumption habits. However, evidence shows that they can be controlled, prevented and possibly eliminated using an integrated mix of effective and feasible multisectoral interventions through strong intersectoral collaboration and partnership. The WHO Expert Consultation to Accelerate Control of Foodborne Trematode Infections, Taeniasis and Cysicercosis held in 17-19 May 2017 recommended adopting a comprehensive One Health approach as a core strategy and strengthening collaboration between WHO, FAO and OIE to jointly support countries to build capacity to effectively control these diseases. Building on the outcomes of the Expert Consultation, this meeting will catalyse intersectoral partnership for coordinated multisectoral actions to accelerate the prevention and control of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses in Asia in line with the ongoing efforts for overall strengthening of national food safety systems.

The objectives of the meeting are: (1) to review the progress of prevention and control of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses in Asia; (2) to share experience, issues, challenges and opportunities to leverage existing platforms and frameworks and strengthen intersectoral collaboration and partnership for accelerating prevention and control of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses; and (3) to agree on multisectoral action priorities to address identified issues and challenges and accelerate prevention and control of neglected foodborne parasitic zoonoses in Asia.

The meeting participants will include officials in charge of neglected tropical diseases (NTD), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food safety and veterinary public health nominated by relevant national authorities of selected Asian countries, invited and funded respectively by WHO (NTD and WASH), FAO (Food Safety), and OIE (Veterinary Public Health).

 

 
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