Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of livestock that has a significant economic impact. FMD is endemic in Southeast Asian countries due to traditional farming systems and livestock trade. Not only are developing countries in Southeast Asia affected, but advanced countries previously free from FMD also have FMD outbreaks. Based on the fact that FMD is an important transboundary animal disease (TAD), prevention and control of FMD at country level alone are not sufficient to prevent the outbreaks in the region. It requires regional cooperation and assistance to reduce FMD incidence in endemic countries to control disease at the source and to mitigate the overall risk of the countries.
The South-East Asia and China Foot and Mouth Disease (SEACFMD) Campaign seeks to coordinate animal disease control activities between member countries, provide technical advice, ensure coherent regional strategies and enlist political and resource support to achieve its stated objectives. SEACFMD has been globally recognised as a model in the regional control of a priority transboundary animal disease.