23 September 2016 -In order to improve knowledge on the functionality of the FAO’s Global Animal Disease Information (EMPRES-i) system, a webinar entitled “EMPRES-i – Introduction and Application” was held on 2 September 2016, focusing on users from China. Delivered by experts from the FAO AGAH/GLEWS team, the webinar was attended by 21 participants, predominantly from China.
The presentation is the 7th of a series of webinars on animal health organized under the framework of LinkTADs, an EC-funded, FAO-lead project that aims at coordinating research on transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses (i.e. epidemiology and laboratory) between the EU and China.
FAO’s Global Animal Disease Information System (EMPRES-i) is an FAO web-based application released in 2009 that has been designed to support veterinary services by facilitating regional and global animal disease information. Timely and reliable disease information enhances early warning and response to transboundary and high impact animal diseases, including emergent zoonoses. Further, information sharing also supports prevention, improved management and progressive approaches to the control of these diseases. EMPRES-i provides updated information on global animal disease distribution and current threats at national, regional and global level. It also provides access to publications, manuals and other resources, such as contact details of chief veterinary officers and laboratories (national and reference laboratories). Users can access various functions including mapping and graphing tools and search and analysis tools for new or historic outbreaks. EMPRES-i is open to the public. This platform is designed for those interested in timely, global, regional and national animal disease information and analysis.
The webinar agenda included the following sections and lasted for 1 hour.
- Background on the EMPRES-i platform
- Description of layout and practical use examples
The webinar was conducted in English with bilingual (English/Chinese) slides. It was well received with all of those responding rating both the topic and content to be useful. A pdf copy of the presentation can be downloaded here, and a full recording of the presentation including the question period can be downloaded from here.