27 May 2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits Alimentaires (ONSSA) and the Regional Office of Agriculture of Meknès-Fès, organized a workshop in Morocco to better technically equip trainers with the objective of reinforce the preparedness of emergency response in animal health from May 17th to 19th 2016 in the Centre de Formation de l’Agropole in Meknès.
Transboundary animal diseases can have serious socio-economic and sanitary consequences in the country plans. To fight against them, FAO works closely with member countries to elaborate and put up targeted strategies against epizootics, a sort of work that requires a global, regional and national coordination.
FAO developed a tool called “Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP)” based on worldwide experiences. Associated to the strategic objectives (5) of FAO, this tool allows countries to improve the resilience of existing resources ahead of animal health catastrophes. Also, it can support countries and help them to go through complex crisis by elaborating contingency plans and prompt response to emergencies. In this purpose, the Animal Production and Health Division from FAO engaged on supporting this program that gathered 38 professionals among private veterinarians, laboratory specialists and experts working with animal health from the public sector.
The workshop started in great conditions. It allowed the participants to exchange their experiences about preparedness and management of zoo sanitary crisis. Moreover, to focus on a strategy related to the good management of crisis and how to strengthen the surveillance of high contagious diseases. Going through distinct modules, the workshop focused on: the commandment chain for the veterinary services and its importance in the response capacity; strategic planning and preparedness to epizootics and zoonosis; the main elements to respond to transboundary animal diseases and the quick recovery of the sanitary status and breeder’s population.
A profitable national experience through this 3 days training that highlighted the importance of the preparation of a contingency plan and the efforts needed to cope with a contagious disease emergency.
"The original text was written in French for the Morocco press and it has been translated to English by Jessica Kayamori, volunteer for the EMPRES Epi-Unit and CMC-AH".