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ECTAD: protecting people and animals from disease threats

ECTAD - FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases

The FAO Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) plans and delivers veterinary assistance to FAO member countries responding to the threat of transboundary animal health crises.

Through ECTAD, FAO builds animal health capacity to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease outbreaks at source. By helping to avoid national, regional and global spread, ECTAD is critical in protecting people and animals from disease threats.

Building capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease threat

FAO ECTAD teams facilitate the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) programmes, funded by the United States Agency for International Development. These two key programmes build animal health capacity in 35 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Global Health Security Agenda programme

The GHSA programme develops national capacity to prevent zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases while quickly and effectively detecting and controlling outbreaks when they do occur. FAO is part of the GHSA membership of over 60 partners and supports implementation of five action packages:

Emerging Pandemic Threats programme

The EPT programme improves national capacity to pre-empt the emergence and re-emergence of infectious zoonotic diseases through four projects:

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