GF-TADs is a joint FAO/OIE initiative, which combines the strengths of both organisations to achieve agreed common objectives. The GF-TADs is a facilitating mechanism which will endeavour to empower regional alliances in the fight against transboundary animal diseases (TADs), to provide for capacity building and to assist in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on regional priorities.
Regional GF-TADs aims on the prevention and control of main transboundary animal diseases, such as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Asia and the Pacific through activities of the Permanent Secretariat of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the GF-TADs by strengthening disease control mechanism including epidemiological functions and strengthening capacity building on legislation and on laboratory diagnosis.
The specific aim for GF-TADs is to establish sub-Regional Support Units (RSU) with a cadre of epidemiologists (REU: Regional Epidemiology Unit) and initially funded through the GF-TADs, integrated in relevant bodies (RSO: Regional Specialised Organisations). In the region, OIE and FAO Headquarters, OIE and FAO Regional Commissions and Representations will support the Regional Specialised Organisations and sub-Regional Support Units for the implementation of regional and national programmes and development of project proposal.