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The European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth disease (EuFMD)

The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, came into being on the 12th June 1954, with the pledge of the sixth founding member state to the principles of a coordinated and common action against foot-and-mouth disease at a time when the disease was ravaging the continent. After 60 years, the Commission is working harder for its member states at a time when the infection circulates in the European neighbourhood and in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Middle-East, and large parts of the Eurasian landmass. The Three Pillars of the EuFMD strategy to counter the threat of the disease, have been since 2013 to work simultaneously with member countries on their preparedness, with European neighbours to put in place sustainable control programmes, and to support and promote the progressive control of FMD in all regions under the Global FMD Control Strategy of FAO and OIE. Experience over 60 years in progressive control in Europe, refined through application with affected countries in the neighbourhood over the past 10 years, is now assisting the international organizations to introduce the principles of Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD across the world. It operates a Fund for Applied Research which supports small projects on areas of strong applied importance to member states and its training programmes are increasingly requested to assist countries with similar needs. It maintains an emergency response capacity which has been called upon almost every year as epidemics approach the member states. It works through close partnership with DG-SANTE of the EC and with FAO and OIE under GF-TADS framework to ensure a co-ordinated support to countries which seek to progressively control FMD. It provides a Monthly Report on FMD movements across the globe to better inform risk managers, and in 2014, implementing its strategy involves some 13 projects working with around 50 European and neighbourhood countries.

The EuFMD Work Programme includes a number of online training courses such as FMD Emergency Preparation (FEPc), and Field Investigation in English, Russian, French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Arabic, Serbian and Estonian; Real time training courses in Kenya, Nepal and Turkey in English and Russian; workshops on various FMD related topics and laboratory courses, as well as the development of a FMD Knowledge Bank. The EuFMD also provides trainings and workshops to assist countries in developing national Risk-Based Strategic Plans (RBSP), which have up to now been delivered to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania and Libya. There has been a focus on networks and webinars for building capacity fro EuFMD member States and beyond, in numerous topics areas such as Contingency Planning, Modeling, Vaccination, Progressive Control Pathway, Biorisk management, as well as specific webinars for Francophone countries. The EuFMD provides assistance with simulation exercises in North Africa, the Balkans, and the TransCaucausus regions.  The THRACE programme promotes the cooperation and collaboration between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey for the surveillance and management of FMD and other exotic diseases in the Thrace region. 

EuFMD at a glance: Member countries (currently 38), which elect an Executive Committee from 8 European member countries, a Standing Technical Committee of six experts, a Special Committee on Research and Development and a Special Committee on Biorisk management. It supports a specialized reference laboratory (World Reference Laboratory for FMD) based in the United Kingdom. The Secretariat is located at FAO headquarters in Rome.It helped establish the West Eurasia FMD Roadmap in 2008 which aims to achieve FMD control by 2020 in 14 countries which have endemic FMD in all or part of their territories, using the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD which it developed together with FAO projects to assist national and regional actions in this region, and is now a joint tool with FAO and OIE for progress under the Global Strategy for FMD Control.

 

 

 

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