Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), like all virulent diseases that can spread rapidly, is an immediate problem for the individual countries affected by the disease, a factor of high risk for neighbouring countries, and a potentially explosive problem at the global level.
Already it has hit hard the wellbeing of those whose livelihoods depend on poultry, the rural poor in particular, has been disastrous for the poultry industry worldwide, and has raised serious global public health concerns.
It is a disease that requires a response at all levels: national, regional and global.
To meet the challenges of avian influenza, FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are working together within the framework of a global strategy (the Global Framework for the Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases - GF-TADs). This global framework sets the context for national and regional strategies, policies, programmes and projects designed to control and prevent the disease.