Animal Disease reporting
Friday, 22 January 2010 15:39
 Animals - PIGSAnimal disease reporting goes global - Pacific island countries and territories are demanding transparency in reporting of animal diseases. The issue has often been raised at various regional forums. 

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the standards setting body recognised by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on animal health issues, including disease reporting. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with OIE to promote the adoption of OIE standards in the developing nations in the Pacific. Of the 22 SPC Pacific Island member countries only Fiji Islands, New Caledonia and Vanuatu are members of OIE.

A workshop titled Regional animal health disease reporting and information management will be held in Nadi, Fiji Islands 6–9 April 2009 to promote OIE standards in the Pacific region.

The key objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Provide an overview of TADinfo — the trans-boundary animal disease information management system;
  • Provide an overview of the World Animal Health Information Management System (WAHIS);
  • Provide practical training in the use of both the TADinfo and WAHIS applications;
  • Facilitate the development of disease reporting systems in non-OIE member countries (for both terrestrial and aquatic animal commodities, including ornamental fish);
  • Enable Pacific Island countries and territories to contribute to the design of a WAHIS regional disease reporting system; and
  • Export ornamental fish to EU.

Participants will receive practical training in the operation of WAHIS, including how to access animal disease status online and how to report and update their animal disease status at the global level.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will coordinate the training on TADinfo.

OIE will be represented by Dr Karim Benjebara, and assisted by SPC Animal Health & Production (AHP) technical staff led by team leader Dr Ken Cokanasiga.

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