7th FAO/OIE Regional Steering Committee Meeting on Global Framework for Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) for Asia and the Pacific
17-18 July 2013 ::: Tokyo, Japan
The GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific encourages the creation of regional alliances and partnerships and the definition of a common vision and subsequent Regional Action Plans for the control of priority TADs in the region. In this regard, it addresses disease priorities in the context of emerging threats and One Health developments. Asia and the Pacific is a culturally, geographically, politically, socially, linguistically and economically extremely diverse region. Geographically it has the largest human and animal populations and animal proteins resources. There have been resurgence and outbreaks of many high impact TADs in the Region including Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) and Rabies. Taking these facts into account, the Region could be potential source of many emerging infectious diseases, as well as zoonotic diseases. Potential impact on Pacific Islands, even with their small animal populations is important since they are relatively free of major high impact TADs in comparison to many Asian countries. Emphasis in this sub-region is on prevention of and response to TADs including zoonoses. Because of the limited veterinary infrastructure and complexity of the Asia-Pacific Region as already described, animal disease prevention and control are not very efficient in many ways. For these reasons, GF-TADs, a very important framework to provide guideline, direction and most of all, coordination among members and partners, must be customized to regional needs.