Maintaining global freedom from rinderpest

Maintaining global freedom from rinderpest
Nov 2017

Rinderpest is a highly contagious disease that, throughout history, has resulted in the mortality of hundreds of millions of livestock and has caused significant disruption and damage to agricultural supply chains throughout the world.

FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and regional partners implemented the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme, which brought an end to the disease in 2011. Rinderpest is the first animal disease to be eradicated worldwide. FAO estimates that its successful eradication has avoided losses of 920 million USD every year in Africa alone.

To coordinate a post-eradication strategy and to keep the world free of it, the FAO-OIE Rinderpest Secretariat and the FAO-OIE Rinderpest Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) were established in succession in 2012 with the core responsibility of securing rinderpest virus-containing material (RVCM) in a minimum number of designated rinderpest holding facilities (RHF) for limited and controlled use.