Strengthening animal disease reporting in Asia and the Pacific
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 08:34

The OIE Regional Representation of the Asia and the Pacific have recently completed a training workshop for OIE National Focal Points on animal disease notification to the OIE. The workshop was hosted by PPR of China in Beijing, from the 12th – 14th April 2011, bringing together animal health professionals responsible for their national animal disease surveillance and disease reporting. 29 participants attended the workshop, including from the Pacific, representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Federated States of Micronesia as well as other Members from  Asia-Pacific region.

The workshop provided to the participants information on the role and responsibilities of Veterinary Authorities on their obligations on disease notification, update of disease notification in the region, hands-on the use of the OIE world animal health information system (WAHIS) and presentation of its interface WAHID.

A representative from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) was invited as an observer to the workshop. SPC and OIE havean MOU to share relevant animal health related information, and  to build capacity in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to be able them to report their animal disease situations online via WAHIS. This MOU has been in existence since the 1990s.

SPC ‘s Animal health and Production Section has also been conducting training sessions, with OIE and FAOs support, for PICTs on online disease reporting  via WAHIS. Two regional workshop sessions on WAHIS have been conducted in 2009 and 2010. Included in these PICT training programme were non OIE members. The 2010 training was organized in cooperation with the SPC Aquaculture section of the SPC Fisheries Division, the Forum Secretariat, and included participation from the aquaculture and fisheries ministries and departments of PICTs.

The OIE focal points for Animal Disease Notification and Delegates attending this week’s workshop were given the opportunity to share experiences in collecting data at the national level, including for wild animals, and on the use of WAHIS.
The training workshop ended on the 14th of April with the anticipation of conducting future trainings to ensure that the OIE members regularly update their disease reports via WAHIS.