06 June 2019 - In an effort to improve the capacity of countries to promptly react to fast-moving transboundary animal diseases, the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia has developed a series of awareness materials in different languages on priority diseases of the region. After leaflets and posters, now videos have been produced in a number of languages (Albanian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian and Ukrainian). Anyone is welcome to use the videos for awareness purposes. They have all been uploaded to YouTube and can be accessed here.
The first videos produced address the emergence and re-emergence of vector-borne diseases, namely lumpy skin disease and bluetongue, very much driven by climate change (which influences the distribution and abundance of vectors) and the increase of animal movements. Lumpy skin disease is a vector-borne cattle disease that has been spreading throughout the Balkans, Turkey, the Caucasus and the Russian Federation, as well as in endemic Africa.
The videos were produced as part of a regional project to improve preparedness in Eastern Europe, namely in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. A field manual, leaflets and posters were also produced and distributed in each of the official languages. In addition, the project delivered trainings-of-trainers addressing field veterinarians (both official and private) in the three countries. Also, countries gaps were assessed, and assistance was provided for the development of national contingency plans against LSD, which were later tested and further refined through simulation exercises.