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EU-funded Project: Regional Cooperation Programme on Highly Pathogenic and Emerging Diseases (SAARC Component), 2009 - 2014

Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), peste des petits ruminants (PPR), and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are priority diseases identified by SAARC Member States.

 

FMD, PPR, and HPAI could collectively jeopardize food security, trade and market opportunities in South Asia. RSU-SAARC Epi Lab NetworkThese diseases also have the greatest negative impact on livelihoods of the smallholder livestock farmers. In addition, FMD and PPR are the two most important TADs currently causing severe economic losses in South Asia.

 

In 2009, the European Union (EU) and FAO signed an Agreement to launch the "Regional Cooperation Programme on highly pathogenic and emerging diseases (HPED) in South Asia" under the umbrella of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in order to provide technical support to improve the laboratory diagnosis of the priority HPEDs and backstop epidemiological studies to develop rational disease control strategies. The project was implemented by the FAO through the SAARC and was successfully completed in December 2014.

 

The overall objective of this Project is to contribute to the improvement of food safety, human health, sufficient and balanced nutrition and wellbeing, and alleviation of poverty in SAARC Member States through improved control of HPEDs, including the on-going crisis due to HPAI. The specific objective is to strengthen and empower SAARC in its ability to prevent, control and eradicate HPED, including HPAI, through improved veterinary and public health services and inter-sectoral collaboration on a regional basis.

 

Under the EU funding, the project has enabled the establishment of a Regional Support Unit (RSU) and Regional Epidemiology Centre (REC) in Kathmandu, Nepal. This regional project also strengthened the Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDLs) for FMD, PPR and HPAI in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively.

 

RSU is the first institutional mechanism to deal with TADs at regional level among SAARC Member States. This mechanism is also helping engagement of SAARC with other international partners such as the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organization (WHO).


RSU-SAARC Epi Lab NetworkMain project outcomes are:
  • Establishment of a Regional Support Unit (RSU): Develop and promote a mechanism for regional cooperation and collaboration and facilitate regional policies and technical activities under the framework of FAO/OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs).
  • Establishment of a Regional Epidemiology Centre (REC): organize and coordinate epidemiology networks of national epidemiology units including socio economic analysis.
  • Strengthened Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDLs): organize and coordinate networks of national laboratories in order to provide technical support to improve the laboratory diagnosis of the priority HPEDs and backstop epidemiological studies to develop rational disease control strategies.
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