USAID and FAO partnership: pre-empting the next global pandemic

Mar 2018

A United States-FAO partnership working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals has in just 12 months succeeded in training over 5 300 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The FAO-provided technical trainings covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease surveillance and forecasting, laboratory operations, biosafety and biosecurity, prevention and control methods and outbreak response strategies. All told, 4 101 vets in Asia, 707 in West Africa, 341 in East Asia and 175 in the Middle East benefitted (full list follows). They are on the front line of the effort to stop new diseases at their source. Dennis Carroll, Director of USAID’s Global Health Security and Development Unit speaks on the impact of the partnership.