Fighting against transboundary animal diseases
Thursday, 21 January 2010 16:17



PHOVAPS is the regional body responsible for identifying, guiding and prioritising issues for inclusion in the work programme of SPC’s Animal Health and Production team and meets biennially. The theme for the 2009 regional meeting is ‘Animal health and production – challenges and opportunities’.

The meeting will be attended by representatives from all Pacific Island countries and territories from both the private and public sector. International specialists will cover topics such as biosecurity, animal husbandry, nutrition, genetic improvement and detection and management of emerging disease threats.

Immediately following the PHOVAPS meeting, SPC will host a regional consultation meeting with representatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to enable Pacific Island nations to highlight key animal health issues for consideration under the FAO/OIE Global Framework for progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADS).  The GF-TADS programme is a mechanism aimed at developing and strengthening regional and national alliances in the fight against transboundary animal diseases, such as bird flu and foot and mouth disease, but tailored to meet  identified regional priorities.  The regional GF – TADs consultation meeting will be held from 25 to 26 June 2009.

At the 2nd Regional GF-TADs Steering Committee meeting  for Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok in July 2007, SPC was identified as one of three ‘sub-regional’ agencies within the Asia and Pacific region to promote and support the development of the GF-TADs framework. SPC member countries have requested that FAO and OIE support efforts for preparedness and control of emerging transboundary animal diseases in the Pacific region and the upcoming GF-TADS consultation will serve as a forum to formalise arrangements for establishing a regional support unit for GF-TADs.

Founded as an international organisation in 1947, SPC was the first such organisation established in the Pacific island region. It has 26 members, including 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). Four PICTs, namely Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are OIE members and 14 are FAO members – Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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Founded as an international organisation in 1947, SPC was the first such organisation established in the Pacific island region. It has 26 members, including 22 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). Four PICTs, namely Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), are OIE members and 14 are FAO members – Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

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