Animal Health and Production

Livestock plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic environment of Pacific Island communities. Indeed many, of the important social and cultural events in island life cannot be properly carried out without the slaughter and presentation of livestock in sufficient numbers. The Animal Health and Production thematic team works together in the Pacific region to develop prosperous, efficient and sustainable animal health and production systems, producing healthy animals and safe products for food security and income generation.

Improving animal disease surveillance in the Pacific region
Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:00


The SPC Animal Health and Production team of the Land Resources Division, in partnership with James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, is conducting a workshop on epidemiology from 11 to 13 April at SPC’s Suva office. The aim is to build capacity in practical field epidemiology in order to improve animal disease surveillance, initially in four Pacific countries.

Key topics to be covered are: outbreak investigation procedures, general principles of animal disease surveillance and survey design, interpretation of survey results, and aspects of syndromic surveillance. In addition, participants will be taught how to use the computer software programmes Excel, Epi Info and Epi map to enable them to manage and display animal health investigation and survey data.

This workshop is one of the main capacity-building activities of the Food Animal Biosecurity Network (FABN) project funded by AusAID’s Pacific Public Sector Linkages Program. The three-year project, which began in 2010, has been delivering animal health field and laboratory capability building programmes in the Pacific region, particularly in the area of animal disease surveillance, in order to allow assessment under World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines for trade in animals and animal products. The project has been focusing on Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

This workshop follows three previous workshops: one held in Suva, Fiji (July 2011), one in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (August 2012) and one in Townsville, Australia (September 2012). 

The training will be led by Prof. Bruce Gummow, Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, in collaboration with Dr Ilagi Puana, Animal Health Specialist in SPC’s Animal Health and Production team.

Twelve participants from the four pilot countries of the FABN project have been invited to this workshop:  six from the Animal Health and Production Division of Fiji’s Ministry of Primary Industries, two from the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority of Papua New Guinea, to from the Livestock Department of Solomon Islands and two from the Livestock Department of Vanuatu.

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