OIE, FAO and WHO discuss collaboration on zoonoses control

The OIE SRR-SEA led the Tripartite composed of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in organising the Third Regional Workshop on Multi-Sectoral Collaboration on Zoonoses Prevention and Control in Bali, Indonesia on 26 to 28 November 2012.

A total of 112 participants from 19 Member Countries and 12 partner organisations attended. They included national focal points on wildlife from select countries in addition to the usual representation from human and animal health sectors.

The participants greatly appreciated the guidance from the 2011 High-Level Technical Meeting in Mexico Key Supporting and Operational Elements for effective multi-sectoral collaboration. They identified activities to move this forward including strengthening of inter-agency collaboration (animal health, public health and environmental sectors) at national and sub-national level.

Participants recommended that FAO, OIE and WHO, through engagement with regional organisations like the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as well as other international partners, continue to coordinate and collaborate closely to: a) support the improved functioning of national coordination mechanisms between animal health, human health, environmental and other relevant sectors to address zoonotic and other emerging and re-emerging diseases at the country level; b) support the implementation of important zoonoses and priority emerging and re-emerging diseases using the existing regional strategies such as the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (APSED) and the Global Framework for Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF TADs), and by strengthening the capacity of the human and animal health sectors of Member Countries to meet the International Health Regulations (IHR) requirements and OIE Standards; and c) promote adoption of One Health approach through enhancing communication and advocacy at all levels ranging from high-level government authorities to national and sub-national levels.

Participants also recommended that animal and human health sectors as well as the environment sector of the Member Countries continue to collaborate on zoonoses prevention and control, taking into consideration supporting key operational elements and priority diseases/issues (Rabies, Zoonotic Influenza and Anti-Microbial Resistance) agreed at the global level and as set out in the High Level Technical Meeting (Mexico 2011).

Read the full report of the Third Regional Workshop on Multi-Sectoral Collaboration on Zoonoses Prevention and Control