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The EuFMD’s training programme

 

The Eufmd has focused on development of e-learning in the past two years and we are now delivering numerous courses and workshops, both online and realtime. Our most recent developments include Risk Analysis along the Value Chain and the Laboratory Investigation course, in collaboration with The Pirbright Institute. A number of the new courses are the “in-depth” ones where participants are required to study at least 4 hours a week.

 

FMD Risk Analysis Along the Value Chain


EuFMD’s “in-depth” e-learning series aims to build capacity for FMD control in countries not free of the disease, by addressing key competencies needed for progressive control of FMD by central veterinary services. The courses aim to be practical and applied, and involve six week’s training, with participants required to study for four hours per week. FMD Risk Analysis Along the Value Chain is a new course in this series. It is tutored by Melissa McLaws, Carsten Potzsch, Maud Carron, and Chris Bartels. The course takes a step by step approach to FMD risk analysis, value chain mapping, and finally, assessment of control options based on the findings of these analyses. Participants from North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Georgia and neighbours, are taking part in this first edition of the course.

 
FMD Post Vaccination Monitoring

Another new addition to EuFMD’s “in-depth” e-learning series, this course aims to improve the effectiveness of FMD vaccination programmes, covering the full vaccination process, from selection of appropriate vaccines, through programme scheduling, evaluation of the immune response, investigating vaccine failures and evaluating vaccination effectiveness at population level. The course is based on the recently published FAO/OIE Vaccination and Post Vaccination Monitoring guidelines and is tutored by Giancarlo Ferrari, David Paton and Nick Lyons. A total of 70 participants are enrolled in the course, from countries across South Asia and Southern Africa.

FMD Investigation Training in Russian

The FMD Investigation Training Course is an online course which includes training on FMD field diagnosis, outbreak investigation, laboratory diagnostics, vaccination and an introduction to the Progressive Control Pathway for FMD. It is aimed at regional and field veterinarians working in countries not free of FMD, and has been organized in multiple languages, including Arabic and Turkish, and for regions including North Africa, Southern Africa and South Asia. This latest version of the course is in Russian language and organized for Russian speaking veterinarians from countries in the European neighbourhood and Eurasia.


The first course has just been successfully completed and included participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The new initiative of involving Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova) countries to refresh their knowledge on FMD was highly supported by the countries and created a good atmosphere throughout the course, producing the fruitful discussions from different perspectives. Participants rated the course very relevant and all are keen to be involved in the future EuFMD activities.


FMD Laboratory Investigation Training Course with Pirbright 

The new FMD Laboratory Investigation Training Course (FLIT-C) is an online training course that aims to update those working in national FMD laboratories on the latest techniques for FMD related laboratory diagnostics and provide a unique platform for exchange of knowledge and experience between colleagues in national, regional and world reference laboratories. The course has been written by The Pirbright Institute, home of the World Reference Laboratory for FMD and is organized in partnership with the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. Over 100 colleagues from national FMD laboratories in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America took part in this first edition of the course. The course lasted four weeks, and participants studied for a total of 12 hours during this time.

 

FMD Emergency Preparation Course for the Caribbean region 

The EuFMD will run a FMD Emergency Preparation Course for the Caribbean region in collaboration with Caribvet next February 2018, which will also count on the participation of Panaftosa.
The Caribbean region is free from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), but the recent outbreaks of the disease in Colombia, close to the border with Venezuela, have raised awareness on how important is to be prepared for a potential incursion of the virus. This online course will be delivered simultaneously in two of the main languages used in the region, Spanish and English, and more than 100 participants from different countries and territories are expected to attend. During four weeks, the course will aim at preparing the trainees for a foot and mouth disease (FMD) emergency by rapidly improving their knowledge of FMD diagnosis and outbreak investigation in a very interactive way, using different types of visual resources such as videos, pictures and quizzes.Participants are expected to dedicate about 12 hours to the course, during which they will have access to several training modules organized by topic (Aetiology and pathogenesis, Clinical diagnosis, Laboratory diagnosis, Outbreak investigation, Biosecurity). Two live webinars will open and close the course and a discussion forum will be available for the participants to share their experiences and to interact with the trainers of the course, asking any doubt they might have.

 

The EuFMD’s Real Time Training

The EuFMD has just concluded four real time training course in November, which were held in Kenya and Nepal. The next realtime training in Kenya will be at the end of February 2018.


Each course is an intensive, five-day program of clinical FMD investigation for the recognition and sampling of animals for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). Participants receive intensive class-room training for one day followed by 2-3 days of visiting suspect outbreaks, carrying out a full investigation of suspected cases and collection of epi-information, testing of samples onsite or at a laboratory equipped to undertake ELISA and penside tests for virus and antibody, and analyses to trace the movements of animals and to trace source and spread of infection.

 

The objectives are to train veterinarians in the skills required to undertake clinical and epidemiological inquiries of suspected FMD cases; to establish a network of veterinarians in Europe and the neighbourhood who can contribute to improving the training materials, share best practises and improve the contingency planning for FMD, and contribute to the wider debate on FMD control policies; and to develop a bank of online resources that will assist the MS, and any interested party, in training of veterinary staff in FMD diagnostic and investigation procedures, and which will assist to validate/review new diagnostic procedures that become available during the training, (such as use of thermal imaging cameras to detect febrile animals, and those with feet lesions). 


The tools used include a Training Manual, which evolves thanks to participant input, short video-diaries of the training, how-to videos (probang sampling, procedure for penside tests) and written reports of the investigations containing valuable data on performance of tests. 

 

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