ECTAD Vietnam Newsletter - March - August 2014

ECTAD Vietnam Newsletter - March - August 2014
Sep 2014

Conducting a study tour to Indonesia from 9-14 March 2014 is a key capacity building and advocacy-related activity implemented through FAO’s Vietnam’s Technical Cooperation Program-in support of rabies prevention and control. Sixteen senior government officials from the public and animal health sectors in Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Son La provinces, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health participated in the tour exposing professionals and decision makers to Indonesia’s successful rabies management program. Participants learned how the animal and public health officials have collaborated closely to develop joint communication messages, detect rabies early in animals and people, and conduct joint investigations.

Participants acknowledged that marking vaccinated dogs with a collar was a good a way to measure coverage in an effort to vaccinate at least 70% of the local dog population, the goal of an effective dog vaccine program. After discussions with the ”A team”, the best local dog catching and vaccination team, participants worked side-by-side visiting to village households, capturing roaming dogs and vaccinating dogs.