14/05/2021 Bangkok, Thailand
Because the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic continues to assert lives, destroy the well being and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands throughout the Asia-Pacific area, notably in South Asia at current, a workforce of veterinary scientists, epidemiologists, sociologists and different One Well being consultants is starting a two week session to map out a 5 12 months plan on predict, forestall and – if needed – fight the subsequent animal-to-human potential pandemic.
The multi-disciplinary workforce at FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Ailments (ECTAD) is convening a collection of conferences, starting at present, to plan out the subsequent 5 years of its programme in Asia and the Pacific. ECTAD is FAO’s company centre for planning and supply of veterinary help to its member nations responding to the specter of animal well being crises. That is the 15th Annual ECTAD Regional Assembly, and this 12 months – with COVID-19 nonetheless spreading – it has attracted some 80 specialists from nations worldwide.
Transboundary animal ailments are nonetheless the first supply of most infectious ailments and pandemics afflicting people. Transboundary animal ailments (TADs) have detrimental impacts on meals security, the financial system, and the setting of nations.
“With about 75 % of ailments affecting people having animal origins, addressing Transboundary Animal Illness (TADs) is evidently an crucial, as we’ve seen with outbreaks akin to COVID-19, Ebola and lots of others,” stated Kachen Wongsathapornchai, FAO Senior Animal Well being Officer and ECTAD Regional Supervisor.
Twenty-five years of data in zoonotic ailments
In 2003, one thing generically known as ‘Hen Flu’ made headlines world wide. Avian Influenza H5N1 was a wake-up name to human and veterinary healthcare staff worldwide.
The Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) responded by opening its first ECTAD regional workplace in Bangkok. Since then, it has labored with nation groups in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao Folks’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal and Viet Nam. The technical work can be backstopped by consultants at FAO headquarters in Rome and partnerships globally with the World Organisation for Animal Well being (OIE) and the World Well being Group (WHO), amongst others.
Strengthening animal laboratories ready Asia for pandemic
FAO is a acknowledged centre for excellence for its efforts on addressing zoonotic ailments akin to Ebola virus illness, MERS-CoV and avian influenza. Useful resource companions, authorities counterparts and different companions have been working with FAO on strengthening laboratories throughout the Asia-Pacific area.
For the reason that extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks in 2003, FAO has been working with nations to strengthen their capacities. This proved to be instrumental within the pandemic as animal diagnostic laboratories supported public well being efforts within the testing of COVID-19 human samples.
FAO via its ECTAD Programme has additionally constructed capacities in any respect ranges for higher data sharing and coordination of animal well being programmes together with addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) within the area
A “One Well being” strategy to addressing TAD
FAO envisages One Well being as a collaborative international strategy to understanding dangers for human and animal well being. This consists of strengthening monitoring, surveillance, reporting and response instruments to addressing threat components resulting in illness spill-overs from wildlife to home animals and people. This holistic strategy emphasizes the necessity to additionally significantly think about socio-economic and cultural components to allow higher illness prevention and management.