Tripartite Collaboration

The 6th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for the Prevention and Control of Zoonoses, Sapporo (Sapporo, Japan, 28-30 October 2015)

FAO, OIE and WHO have institutionalised a tripartite coordination mechanism to support countries for surveillance, prevention and control of zoonoses and emerging diseases at the human, animal and ecosystem interfaces. As a part of the tripartite coordination mechanism in Asia-Pacific region, the annual regional workshops have been organised to review progress in prevention and control of zoonoses and to define the way forward to further strengthen multi-sectoral coordination and collaboration since 2010. This workshop was 6th meeting to reflect on achievements made, as well as lessons learned to progress multi-sectoral collaboration on zoonosis prevention and control at country and regional levels as well as to address other relevant public threats, such as anti-microbial resistance.

The workshop on Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for the Prevention and Control of Zoonoses was held from 28 to 30 October 2015 in Research Center for Zoonoses Control at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. The workshop was attended by total 89 participants, including 22 countries from both Animal Health and Public Health Sectors, 2 Sub-Regional Representatives (ASEAN Secretariat-PH and SAARC Secretariat-AH), 10 Development Partners (CDC, CIRAD, DTRA/CBEP, JICA, MBDS, NIID, NVAL, SCIRO, USDA- APHIS and WAP) and Tripartite (FAO, OIE and WHO). The workshop was organised by Regional Tripartite (FAO-RAP, OIE-RRAP, OIE-SRRSEA, WHO-SEARO and WHO-WPRO), main secretariat this year was OIE-RRAP.

The objectives of the workshops are: 1) to provide an update on the situation and scientific information of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, as well as other public health threats, at global, regional and country levels; 2) to review achievements made and challenges encountered over the recent years, including the period since the inception of the regional zoonoses workshops in 2010, regarding multi-sectoral coordination at regional and country levels to inform the way forward; 3) to discuss how multi-sectoral collaboration can contribute to response to public health emergencies; and 4) to make recommendations on how to further improve coordination and collaboration between the human health, animal health and other relevant sectors related to zoonoses prevention and control.

Participants came from a variety of orgnaisations and possessed a wide range of skills. Participants had opportunities to share their experiences on the range of topics discussed and to improve own knowledge during the workshop. One Health progress in the region was clear compared to 6 years ago and now in better position to prevent and control of zoonoses. Having in mind that 75% of newly emerging diseases are from animals, it is important to reinforce the need of adopting a multi-discipliniary approach – doctors, vets, environmantalist, wildlife experts, sociologists, economists and the like.

The draft recommendations were deliberated and final report will be finalised by end of this year.

It was decided to organise the next Asia-Pacific Workshop on Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for the Prevention and Control of Zoonoses in 2 years to allow time to report meaningful progress, for appropriate coordination and preparation of the workshop, and for efficient use of limited finalcial resources.

The workshop had been successful: informative, participative, and conducted in a constructive, friendly and positive manner.

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