Considering the recent incursion of Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Indonesia, there is a strong need for FMD free countries and countries with free zones to enhance its a capabilities to prevent its introduction, and for early warning and early response in case of incursion. Adequate preparation prior to an emergency event is essential to ensure sufficient capacity, resources and legislative support for conducting activities indicated in the contingency plans and operational manuals.
In view of this, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) Sub-Regional Representation for South-East Asia organized “Special Meeting of SEACFMD National Coordinators Meeting focused on FMD Preparedness and Response” on 9 June 2022.
The objectives of the Special SEACFMD National Coordinators Meeting were to:
The Special Meeting was attended by 84 participants from SEACFMD Member Countries (National Coordinators, EpiNet / LabNet Focal Persons and other technical staff), non-SEACFMD Countries in the Asia Pacific region; partner organisations such as FAO, ASEAN Secretariat, WOAH Reference Laboratories, donors, Academic Institutions and Vaccine Manufacturers and WOAH (Headquarters, Regional Representation in Tokyo HQ, and Sub-regional Representation in Bangkok).
Role of Laboratory in FMD preparedness and response (Dr Donald King)
Key elements of Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning (Dr John Weaver)
WOAH Technical Resources and Tools for responding to FMD (Dr Karma Rinzin)
FAO support in response to the FMD incursion in Indonesia (Dr Paolo Motta)