FAVA Secretary General participated the VIP Summit in WSAVA 2018
26 September, 2018, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
As Chair of ASEAN VSB Network and FAVA Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta from Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, has been recognized as a leader veterinarian in the Asian and ASEAN region. She attended the VIP SUMMIT, Chaired by Dr. Walt Ingwersen, WSAVA President , on 26th September, 2018 in the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, WSAVA Congress, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. This AVSBN’s international collaboration activity was supported by The Innovative Thai Excellence for Academic Cooperation: ITEAC of ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University.
Regardless of where the veterinary practices in small animal medicine, many of the issues that confront the veterinarians in many parts of the world. Additionally, all of veterinarians are actively involved in providing various services to the clients, many of which might benefit the greater global veterinary community. During recent international forums held both at the annual WSAVA World Congress but also in various regions of the world, availability and access to veterinary therapeutics has been identified as a priority issue. While this issue is complex and multi-faceted, it is a global issue of common concern with many of Veterinary leaders agreeing as the WSAVA joint position statement. The meeting was successfully conducted and will continue the proposed plans in the next meeting in Canada, 2019.
The 19th International Symposium of World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and OIE seminar to be held during 19th -22nd June 2019
in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The 19th International Symposium of World Association of the Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and OIE Seminar (19th ISWAVLD 2019) Press Conference event held on Wednesday 12th September 2018 (13.00-15.30 hrs.) at MR 220, BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand during Thailand LAB INTERNATIONAL 2018. From the session, Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, President of TAVLD and Chairman of 19th ISWAVLD 2019 delivered the speech together with Dr. Sorravis Thaneto, Director General of Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative and Dr. Ronello Abila, OIE Sub-Regional Representative, World Organization for Animal health, OIE Sub-Regional Representation for South East Asia (OIE SRR-SEA, Bangkok).
Dr. Achariya Sailasuta said that “On behalf of the Thai Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, TAVLD, I feel proud to invite veterinarians, researchers, technicians, and other related professions on the veterinary laboratory diagnosis from all over the world to the 19th International Symposium of World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, and OIE seminar to be held during 19th-22nd June 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This global conference is organized every two years, beginning in 1976 in the United States and organized the first time in Thailand in 2003 which was very successful. So the 2nd time in Thailand will be next year, under the new theme of “Innovation of Clinical and Public Health Laboratories: Integrating on the Future of One Health” and will consist of scientific programs, workshops and excursions.”
Dr. Sorravis Thaneto Director-General, Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand said that “The One Health Concept becomes a particular tool to deal with this important concern. Veterinary laboratory which plays the significant role in the animal health sector under One Health Concept is in a need of enhancing its technology to diagnose, research, monitor and survey, promptly and precisely. Department of Livestock Development has intensively enhanced the capability of animal disease diagnostic services. Under DLD, there are major diagnostic laboratories working in full country coverage in the National Institute of Animal Health or NIAH in Bangkok and the networks.”
Dr. Ronello Abila OIE Sub-Regional Representative, World Organization for Animal Health, OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Southeast Asia said that “World Organization for Animal Health collaborates for the technology and academic networking all over the world. For Thailand, the OIE reference laboratory center for disease diagnosis have been settled up such as Foot and mouth disease and Brucellosis. ISWAVLD 2019 and OIE seminar will provide update information not only for the academic development and diagnostic techniques but also opportunities for all the countries to meet and collaborate in the future.”
World Rabies Day 2018 | 28 September
Rabies: Share the message. SAVE A LIFE
Dear OIE Regional and Sub Regional Representatives,
Dear OIE Regional Communication Correspondents,
We are now a couple of weeks away from World Rabies Day 2018!
And this year, more than ever, you can be part of the campaign by SHARING THE MESSAGE IN YOUR REGION to SAVE A LIFE.
Contribute to spread the word and enhance the visibility of OIE actions on rabies…
… through your regional website!
Share the OIE Communication tools or the link to the OIE global Rabies Portal (www.oie.int/rabies) on your regional website.
This portal gathers together a wide range of information on rabies and actions taken by the OIE against it throughout the world.
- General information on rabies;
- Posters & Infographics;
- Information sheet;
- Videos and short animations;
- Success stories from the countries -> We are working on new ones, if you have any proposal from your region, don’t hesitate to share it with us.
As well, you can share the tools with the regional network helping us to increase the impact and the dissemination of the campaign at national level.
Please, consider that the Communication Unit will send the tools to all the OIE Delegates and Focal Points for Communication next week.
… through the Social Media!
#Rabies | #Zeroby30 | #WorldRabiesDay
A new animation on the OIE Vaccine Bank will be published to highlight the dissemination of 20 million vaccine doses to the OIE Member Countries. Be part of the discussions:
You can also use the banners hereunder for your personal social media:
… through your email footer!
You can integrate one of the images below to your email signature. Just copy and paste it: the link to the OIE rabies portal is already inserted.
… through the posters!
In addition, you can download the posters developed by the Communication Unit to call for dog vaccination against rabies HERE!
- Languages available: English, French, Spanish
- Formats available: A2-A3-A4 (for each format, the 3 visuals are inserted in the same PDF)
Please, do not hesitate to let us know of any events in YOUR REGION that you are aware of for World Rabies Day 2018.
More information on the World Rabies Day is coming soon.
FAVA-ASCM One Health Educational Pre-congress Workshop and the 10th ASCM Meeting, 20th -22nd October, 2017, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
FAVA and Asian Society of Conservation Medicine, ASCM held One Health Educational Pre-congress Workshop on 20th October, 2017 at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, FAVA Secretary General was an invited speaker in the topic of Role of FAVA in One Health in Asia and the invited speakers; Dr. Pam Whiteley (Wildlife Disease Association, Australia), Dr. Chen- Chih Chen (National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan) and Prof. Dr. Junpei Kimura (Seoul National University, Korea). During 21st – 22nd October 2017, FAVA has participated the 10th ASCM meeting in Damai Beach Resort, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The meeting has successfully facilitated an exchange of information in conservation medicine in Asia, and foster friendship and collaboration among Asian countries.
FAVA collaborated with Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University and Veterinary Council of Thailand cooperated with The Associations of Thai Veterinary Professional and International Organizations hosting the Workshop on ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020 (AVSBN 2017)
The Workshop on ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020 (AVSBN 2017) was held during 9th – 11th August, 2017 at Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and Veterinary Council of Thailand, Nonthaburi, Thailand. In this regards, this workshop has coordinated with Department of Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Royal Thai Government , Thai Veterinary Medical Association under royal patronage (TVMA), Thailand Veterinary Dean Consortium (TVDC), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) and supported by the Innovative Thai-ASEAN Academic Co-operation at Chulalongkorn University (ITAAC@CU).
The workshop features as one of flagship projects of the faculty to celebrating the ASEAN Week. The workshop was the continuous activity in a series of veterinary forum conference which was aimed on brainstorming, discussion, harmonization and integration for Veterinary Statutory Body, chaired by Prof. Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University and Vice-President of Veterinary Council of Thailand. Participants of the workshop are consisted of the representatives of the Veterinary Statutory body (VSB), VSB equivalent organization/ relevant institution of 9 ASEAN member states; Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand, academic institutions, various veterinary associations, private sectors as well as the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Inc, AVBC.
The workshop focuses on initiating the progress of ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network. In addition, the workshop has also invited the keynote speakers include professional expertises from OIE, executive directors from AVBC and international laws expert, to disseminate and acquaint veterinarian in mutual understanding roles and regulations, sustainable implement by ASEAN country-level for the Veterinary Code of conduct. That conducts the discussion and publish to the regional veterinary meeting/forum in order to identify more feasible approach and conform the developments, will propelling ASEAN veterinary regulations towards Veterinary Act in the near future. This initiative is noteworthy that all participants actively contributed in sharing their experiences, challenges and recommendations for initiating VSB of ASEAN member’s countries. The agenda of the related meeting included the progress on Term of Reference of ASEAN Veterinary Statutory Body Network (AVSBN), also brain storming on setting up the Strategic plans in 2018-2020. This actual implementation will facilitate a significant progress toward the veterinary professional responsibility in ASEAN. Which will be coordinated by Veterinary Council of Thailand, the 1st Chair of AVSBN for 2018 on step forward of the formal establishment of the movement of skill labors trading ASEAN Community in this nearly future.
Happy May! Earlier this month EPT and the GVP received acclaim in Time magazine’s ‘The World is not Ready for the next Pandemic.’ Scroll on for access to that story, exciting updates from West Africa, the latest Emerging Pandemic Threats update, and a recent case study publication. At the very end you’ll find the latest from the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention for Climate Change), a synthesis paper that brings climate change to the One Health conversation.
- May 12- DEADLINE, Apply for USAID Catalyst Awards
- May 15- DEADLINE, Apply for Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Fellowship
- May 15- Launch: Global Health and the Future Role of the United States, D.C.
- June 6-7- Workshop: Building a National Capability to Monitor & Assess Medical Countermeasure Use in Response to Public Health Emergencies, D.C.
Late last week, TIME magazine launched a story featuring our Predict project. The authors dive deep into the current state of viral affairs, and make a case for why we need to continue efforts to get ahead of epidemics. Read the full story here.
481 poultry outbreaks, 191 wild bird outbreaks, 1 camel outbreak, and 79 human infections with 10 pathogens (various avian and swine influenza viruses, MERS-CoV, monkeypox) were reported by 24 countries between April 11 and May 7, 2017. These outbreaks/infections occurred between November 2016 and May 2017.
After several months of very high activity, H5N8 HPAI outbreaks in birds and H7N9 AI human infections continue to decline. This is typical of avian influenza viruses which are at their most active between about November and March. Because of an absence of large hospital clusters, the total number of MERS-CoV cases between January and April 2017 is lower than for the comparable time period in all years since 2013.
Specific pathogens and countries affected:
- H3N2v Swine Influenza – 1 human case (USA)
A total of 375 human infections (0.3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2009 and 2017.
- H5N1/Asia Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) – 64 poultry outbreaks and 1 wild bird outbreak (Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Vietnam)
A total of 23,470 bird outbreaks (more than 250 million birds affected) and 878 human infections (52% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 67 countries between 1997 and 2017
- H5N2 HPAI – 9 poultry outbreaks (China)
A total of 999 bird outbreaks (more than 71.6 million birds affected) have been reported by 4 countries between 2012 and 2017; no human infections reported to date.
- H5N6/Asia HPAI – 367 poultry outbreaks and 169 wild bird outbreaks (China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam). 415 of these outbreaks took place in November and December 2016, but were only recently reported.
A total of 677 bird outbreaks (more than 28.9 million birds affected) and 17 human infections (35% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 6 countries between 2014 and 2017.
- H5N8 HPAI – 41 poultry outbreaks and 20 wild bird outbreaks (Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Niger, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, UK)
A total of 2,798 bird outbreaks (more than 19.8 million birds affected) have been reported by 46 countries between 2013 and 2017; no human infections reported to date.
- H7N3 HPAI – 1 poultry outbreak (Mexico)
A total of 144 bird outbreaks (more than 23.3 million birds affected) have been reported by 1 country between 2012 and 2017. 5 human infections (0% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2004 and 2012.
- H7N9/Asia LPAI and HPAI – 57 human infections (China)
A total of 8 bird outbreaks (more than 189 thousand birds affected) and 1,421 human infections (29% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 2013 and 2017
- H9N2 LPAI – 1 human infection (China)
A total of 37 human infections (3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 3 countries between 1999 and 2017.
- MERS-CoV – 1 camel outbreak and 19 human infections (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE)
A total of 29 camel outbreaks and 1,962 human infections (36% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 27 countries between 2012 and 2017
- Monkeypox – 1 human infection (Sierra Leone)
A total of 2 monkey outbreaks and 770 human infections (3% average case fatality rate) have been reported by 12 countries between 1970 and 2017.
Guinea completes its JEE!
The Government of Guinea (Ministries of Health, Livestock, Agriculture, Environment, and Security) with UN and USG partners successfully completed the WHO Joint External Evaluation (JEE) on April 30th, 2017. Government of Guinea experts across technical areas including surveillance, laboratory, workforce, immunization, emergency response, etc. participated in the JEE with 12 external evaluators from WHO, CDC, USDA and France. The rigorous process highlighted progress since GHSA launched in early 2016, including improved ability to prevent healthcare acquired infections (HCAI), increased biosafety & biosecurity trainings; expanded immunization coverage and capacity; and strengthened surveillance and laboratory capacity. The animal health sector remains weak, but the ongoing USAID GHSA activities continue to identify gaps and help to address these deficiencies.
FAO provided support to the Minister of Livestock for a site visit to the Central Veterinary Laboratory with the JEE assessors. USAID, through FAO, is providing support for renovations and technical support to the Central Veterinary Laboratory. While the laboratory staff are knowledgeable, the facility needs support to function; and more assistance is needed to increase surveillance for animal health and outbreaks to provide samples to the laboratory.
A few initial take- aways from the JEE- there was excellent multi-sectoral participation, the process continues to broaden the conversations beyond Ebola response efforts to examine capacity in other priority areas and make recommendations for improvement, and the creation of the National Agency for Health Security (ANSS) in Guinea plays a critical role in the sustainability of the increased national epidemic preparedness and response capacity. It is apparent that the Ebola funding and recovery efforts have already improved capacities in the ability to prevent, detect and respond, but there is much work left to be done in order to achieve GHSA and JEE targets. The Minister of Health, Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo, and the DCM of the US Embassy, Hughes Ogier, participated in the closing session. Minister Diallo discussed the importance continuing collaboration to address gaps and continues to increase capacity across JEE technical areas.
For more information visit the following page.
Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World: WHO meeting in Conakry Guinea
During last month’s Ebola Vaccines for Guinea and the World meeting in Conakry, global partners met to (1) emphasize the importance of collaborative efforts to address global public health emergencies, (2) celebrate success of the Ebola vaccine trails in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; (3) recognize the Government of Guinea’s vision and leadership for the WHO vaccine ring trail; and (4) outline a WHO R&D blueprint for better preparedness and response for future outbreaks. Additionally, WHO recognized selected individuals from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia for their remarkable contributions to the Ebola response. Of note, was James Bangura, PREDICT’s country coordinator in Sierra Leone. US CDC, NIH and USAID participated in the meeting as each agency continues to make important contributions for Ebola vaccination and stockpiles
In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, global health leaders called for the rapid development and deployment of a licensed Ebola vaccine as part of an integrated outbreak control and prevention strategy; and Gavi created a plan to respond to the Ebola crisis to help ensure access to a vaccine when it becomes available. Beyond the vaccine discussions, Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), discussed the importance of Global Health Security to expand the capacity built for the Ebola outbreak for other diseases; as evidence by their rapid response to a mysterious illness. Sierra Leone’s Health Minister, Dr. Abu Bakar Fotanah, discussed the need for One Health efforts to prevent another outbreak. Overall the workshop served as an excellent forum to celebrate the achievements made together during the Ebola outbreak and while applied lessons learned and discussing areas for improvement.
Post-Ebola Case Study Series from HC3
The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) has published a series of case studies examining activities and tools used in the social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy to improve healthy behaviors and increase demand for and use of quality reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services in Guinea as the country continues to recover from Ebola.
Each case study highlights how HC3 is working with Guinea’s hardest hit communities to rebuild both trust in the health system and the quality of care delivered.
Climate change presents a risk to health in a variety of ways. The health risks resulting from climate change impacts in countries are changing and the interlinkages between health, climate change and other drivers of global environmental changes are complex and need to be better understood. A large number of activities ranging from policies that are planned and implemented by governments, to various actions undertaken by intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and communities are already under way in order to address climate change impacts on health. However, a number of challenges, particularly with regard to awareness and education, as well as planning, capacity and financial mechanisms continue to limit action on the ground. In order to better protect human health from the impacts of climate change, numerous collaborative actions need to be implemented. Read the full paper here.