OIE Sub-Regional Workshop on Emergency Preparedness

South East Asian countries are infected by several transboundary animal diseases (TADs) but most of them have limited resources to control these endemic diseases. While the threat represented by the introduction of exotic TADs is acknowledged, it may not always be highly prioritised. The current African swine fever crisis faced by East and South East Asia highlighted the limited preparedness of countries to face exotic TADs.

The OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia had identified the need to identify and strengthen /develop technical capacities that would enable countries to get better prepared for veterinary emergencies. Thus, a Sub-Regional Workshop on Emergency Preparedness was organised on 27 and 28 August 2019. 59 participants attended, including 36 representatives from the public and private sector from 11 countries (Cambodia, PR China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam), 4 experts, 6 observers and 7 from FAO. The workshop aimed at:

  • Sharing best practices on emergency preparedness and emergency preparedness planning;
  • Improving knowledge on the international standards and existing tools to strengthen emergency preparedness (PVS pathway, GEMP…);
  • Identifying where and which specific technical capacity(ies) should be built to capacitate countries in emergency preparedness planning;
  • Improving interagency coordination at national and sub-regional level, as well as encouraging public-private collaboration and partnership;
  • and elaborating a work plan to progressively build the needed capacities to develop, revise and test emergency preparedness plans in the sub-region.

To reach these objectives, the workshop offered technical presentations on the international standards, on existing tools to strengthen emergency preparedness, as well as some key technical topics of importance for emergency preparedness, such as value-chain analysis or depopulation, disinfection and disposal (3D) techniques.

These presentations and further discussions with the experts helped participants in identifying which specific technical capacity(ies) should be built to capacitate countries in emergency preparedness, both at national and regional levels. Group discussions and workshops were interactive and helped to identify main gaps, pragmatic activities to be conducted at national and regional levels and to prioritise them.

The conclusions of this activity would be incorporated in a more general reflexion conducted by the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia to develop a tailored programme for capacity building in the coming years.

 

 

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