World Organisation for Animal Health
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Japan Trust Fund
The Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) is a joint FAO/WOAH initiative, which combines the strengths of both organisations to achieve agreed common objectives. The GF-TADs is a facilitating mechanism empowering regional alliances in the fight against transboundary animal diseases (TADs). It provides for capacity building and assists in establishing programmes for the specific control of certain TADs based on regional priorities.
Regional GF-TADs aims for the prevention and control of main transboundary animal diseases, such as Avian Influenza (AI), African Swine Fever(ASF), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Lumpy Skin Disease(LSD) and Peste des petits ruminants(PPR) in the Asia and Pacific region. Activities are coordinated by the Permanent Secretariat of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the GF-TADs, which strengthens disease control mechanisms. These include epidemiological functions and strengthening capacity building, such as improving relevant legislation and laboratory diagnosis capacity.
The specific aim of the GF-TADs is to establish sub-Regional Support Units (RSU) with cadres of epidemiologists (REU: Regional Epidemiology Unit), initially funded through the GF-TADs, and integrated into relevant bodies (RSO: Regional Specialised Organisations). In the region, FAO and WOAH (Headquarters, Regional Commissions, and Representations) will support RSOs and RSUs in the implementation of regional and national programmes and the development of project proposals.