OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia

The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia (SRR-SEA) was formally established on 28 June 2010 upon the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Government of Thailand.  Hosted by Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development (DLD), the OIE SRR-SEA evolved from the South-East Asia Foot and Mouth Disease Regional Coordination Unit (SEAFMD RCU). It was established in Bangkok in 1997 to coordinate and manage the implementation of the SEAFMD Campaign which was renamed South-East Asia and China Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign in 2010.

The OIE SRR-SEA has the mandate to effectively manage and coordinate the profile, planning and operations of the Office such as to strengthen its involvement in policy design and governance related to decision making in animal health within OIE and with Member Countries.

The establishment of the OIE SRR-SEA in March 2010 reflected the need for a broadening of its activities to coordinate not only an expanded FMD ‘Flagship’ Campaign started in 1997 under the RCU, but also contribute to highly pathogenic and emerging and re-emerging diseases and zoonoses activities including rabies, strengthen veterinary services, and importantly deliver improvements to OIE representation in the region.

The Office is managing the regional programme Stop Transboundary Animal Diseases and Zoonoses (STANDZ) Initiative funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The objectives of the Initiative are as follows:
(a)    Support animal health regional and international coordination in South East Asia;
(b)    Strengthen the capacity of national veterinary services consistent with OIE tools and standards;
(c)    Develop, better resource and implement priority animal disease management strategies, including more intensive in-country support to the South East Asia and China Foot and Mouth Disease (SEACFMD) Program - Phase IV consistent with the revised SEACFMD Roadmap 2020; and
(d)    Strengthen the capacity of the OIE Sub-Regional Representation in South East Asia in priority organisational mainstreaming, monitoring and communications.

In 2014, DFAT commissioned a Mid-Term Review to (i) assess whether the current state, structure, and implementation of STANDZ will enable it to reach its end-of-programme objectives by June 2016; (ii) validate the STANDZ programme theory of change as well as theories of change of the respective four programme pillars, including underlying assumptions; and (iii) identify key intermediate (intended and unintended) outcomes from STANDZ work to date.

The MTR found that OIE SRR-SEA has been effectively implementing key elements of the original STANDZ design and provided examples of key programme outcomes to date. The review also confirmed that the OIE is widely regarded as a valuable and responsive partner by its national and regional counterparts. In addition, the report assessed the OIE as a cost effective and efficient vehicle through which to channel funding.

Two other programmes which the OIE SRR-SEA used to manage have been completed. These are the Highly Pathogenic and Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases Programme in Asia (HPED) funded by the European Union (EU) and the IDENTIFY Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).