The European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD)

Podcasts

 

 

P20: The role of regional collaboration to control FMD and other TADs (Dr. Tamilla Aliyeva)

During the “Regional cooperation between Trans Caucasus and neighbouring countries for the prevention and control of FMD and similar Transboundary Animal Diseases” meeting held in Rome at the FAO HQ between the 16th and 17th of September, we spoke with Dr. Tamilla Aliyeva. Our discussion focused on the role of regional collaboration to control FMD and other Transboundary Animal Diseases the expected achievements. 

Dr. Tamilla Aliyeva is an Expert in virology and Veterinary epidemiology, with over 29 years of experience in the leading of laboratory, quality control of veterinary preparations, especially virus vaccines, storage and updating of virus strains, scientific investigations in viruses’ reproduction of animals and birds in different biological systems. She has a strong experience in disease control and management, outbreak epidemiological investigation of infectious diseases, development of National Strategy Plans, Contingency Plans for infectious diseases.

She is currently working as Deputy Chairman of the Azerbaijan Food Safety Institute under the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan Republic National Consultant for Regional FAO Program «Strengthening FMD surveillance and control in the Transcaucasian countries to assist progression on the West Eurasia FMD Progressive Control Pathway» 

 

 

P19: FMD risk assessment and early warning systems through information sharing among countries  (Dr. Carsten Pötzsch)

During the “Regional cooperation between Trans Caucasus and neighbouring countries for the prevention and control of FMD and similar Transboundary Animal Diseases” meeting held in Rome at the FAO HQ between the 16th and 17th of September, we spoke with Dr. Carsten Pötzsch on FMD risk assessment and early warning systems through information sharing among countries. 

Dr. Pötzsch is a veterinary epidemiologist from Germany. He has been working with EuFMD since 2004, specifically on the development and promotion of Progressive Control Pathway with a particular focus on the Southern Caucasus countries, Turkey and Central Asia. He has a broad international experience in Europe, Asia and Africa on development, implementation and evaluation of livestock, wildlife and zoonotic disease surveillance and control scheme. 

 

 

P18: Vaccine Security - What it means for FAST animal diseases (K.Sumption & D. Mackay) 

At the time of the Vaccine Security meeting held in Rome at the FAO HQ on the 22-23 January 2020, Keith Sumption discussed Vaccine Security issues with David Mackay, the team leader on the vaccines project in the EuFMD.

They discussed on:

• What does the term ‘vaccine security’ mean and why is this important for FAST diseases? What makes the issue particularly challenging for this type of disease?

• What particular role can EuFMD play in promoting vaccine security for FAST diseases?

• Who needs to be involved in improving vaccine security and how can they best work together?

David Mackay retired from the EMA (European Medicines Agency) in 2018 and now provides independent advice to governmental and non-governmental bodies in relation to regulation and use of veterinary medicines. During his career, Dr Mackay worked upon international FMD surveillance and improving vaccines for a range of animal diseases, has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on infectious disease of animals, veterinary vaccinology and regulatory affairs, particularly in relation to immunological veterinary medicinal products.

 

 

P17: Challenges of developing models for FMD endemic settings (Dr. M. Tildesley and G. Guyver-Fletcher) 

During the Presentation of the Warwick project on development of the simulation model for FMD control in endemic areas held in Rome at the FAO HQ on November 22nd , 2019, we spoke with Dr. Michael Tildesley and Glen Guyver-Fletcher. We discussed the challenges of developing models for FMD endemic settings. 

Mike Tildesley is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Institute and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. Dr. Tildesley works upon the development of mathematical models of livestock and zoonotic infectious disease and their utility as predictive tools. He worked extensively on FMD in the aftermath of the UK 2001 outbreak, developing a model to determine optimal strategies for disease control in the event of future outbreaks. More recently, he has worked on model development in situations where precise demographic and disease incidence data are not available, with a focus on diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, bovine Tuberculosis, rabies and lumpy skin disease. Dr. Tildesley works closely with national policy makers and non-government organisations having previously advised the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) upon strategies for disease control. 

Mr. Glen Guyver-Fletcher is a current PhD student working with Dr. Mike Tildesley at the University of Warwick. Previously he completed an undergraduate degree in biology and worked as an intern at EuFMD, assisting in the organization of the 2018 Open Session. Currently he is modelling the spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in the Republic of Turkey, in an effort to compare and contrast control measures for the disease. 

 

 

P16: The Importance of training on Risk assessment and risk mapping on TADs (Dr. Hanan Yousif)

During the CIRAD Qualitative Risk mapping & Optimization of national monitoring systems meeting held on 15-19 of July 2019, in Rome at the FAO headquarters, we interviewed Dr Hanan Yousif on the Importance of training on Risk assessment and risk mapping on Transboundary animal diseases.

Dr Hanan Yousif obtained her Master Degree at the University of Khartoum, Sudan in veterinary Epidemiology with a special focus on Rinderpest disease in Sudan. She later completed her PhD studies at the University of Khartoum, in veterinary Epidemiology working on FMD in Sudan and is currently working for the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Sudan as senior veterinary epidemiologist and as Director of the Disease Control Department.

Dr Yousif supervises the implementation of the zoosanitary measures to control Transboundary Animal Diseases and other diseases in the country and works on the capacity building in six countries in Africa and in Middle-East and at the national level in 18 states by strengthening existing capacities on Disease surveillance, risk assessment and risk mapping and in the use of the livestock emergency guidelines and standards in emergency situations, in collaboration with the Arab Organization of Agriculture Development (AOAD), UN -FAO and INGOs-ICRC and WVI.

 

 

P15: Challenges of the implementation of animal movement in risk mapping for TADs (Dr. Gabriel Poujol)

During the CIRAD Qualitative Risk mapping & Optimization of national monitoring systems meeting held on 15-19 of July 2019, in Rome at the FAO headquarters, we interviewed one of the course trainers, Dr Gabriel Poujol.

Dr Poujol spoke with us about the Challenges of the implementation of animal movement in the risk assessment and risk mapping for early detection of transboundary animal diseases.

Dr Gabriel Poujol is a geographer and an Expert in Geographical information sciences. After his graduation in Montpellier, he obtained a Master degree in Management of geographical information systems project and a PhD on staple crops mobility modelling for food security. Before joining Cirad, he worked for the French Government as an expert in risk mapping for decision-makers. He is now a data scientist and trainer in the Qualitative Risk analysis field, focusing on risks and mobility in application to animal health.

 

 

P14: Development of risk-based surveillance protocols for FMD and similar TADs (Dr. Dayhum Abdunaser)

During the CIRAD Qualitative Risk mapping & Optimization of national monitoring systems meeting held on 15-19 of July 2019, in Rome at the FAO headquarters, we spoke with Dr. Dayhum Abdunaser. We asked Dayhum to go into details about Qualitative risk mapping and optimization of national monitoring systems, with a special focus on the development of risk-based surveillance protocols.

After his degree at the University of Tripoli and a Masters at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada, Dr Dayhum obtained his PhD at the Alfort National Veterinary School of France.

He was co-chair of the Mediterranean Animal Health Network in 2013; CVO and OIE delegate at National Center of Animal Health (NCAH) of Libya from June 2012 to Nov. 2014) He is now Head of Research, of the Consulting and Training Department for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tripoli since 2015.

 

 

P13: Qualitative risk assessment and risk mapping for FMD and similar TADs (Dr. Elena Arsevska)

During the CIRAD Qualitative Risk mapping & Optimization of national monitoring systems meeting held on 15-19 of July 2019, in Rome at the FAO headquarters, we spoke with one of the course trainers, Dr. Elena Arsevska.

Dr Arsevska spoke with us about the national capacities in qualitative risk assessment and risk mapping for FMD and similar Transboundary Animal Diseases and the improvement strategies for an early detection and control of them.

Dr. Elena Arsevska obtained her Masters degree in 2013 at the University of Montpellier in France, where she specialized in veterinary epidemiology and tropical diseases. She later completed her doctoral thesis at the University of Paris XI, developing both a French Epidemic Intelligence system for animal health and a tool for the web-monitoring of news regarding the detection of disease emergency. She is currently based in Montpellier, where she works for Cirad as Senior Epidemiologist. Elena contributes to the EuFMD program in fifteen countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle East by strengthening existing national capacities for epidemic intelligence, risk assessment, risk mapping and disease surveillance.

 

 

P12: Evaluation of emergency preparedness for FMD and similar TADs (Dr. Manon Shuppers)

During the SAFOSO Technical meeting on evaluation of emergency preparedness for FMD and similar Transboundary Animal Diseases in North Africa, we interviewed Dr Manon Shuppers.

She leads SAFOSO's work on improving national veterinary and food safety systems with a particular focus on strengthening existing national capacities for epidemiology, risk assessment, surveillance and disease control measures.   

Dr Schuppers gave us an overview on the role of evaluation of emergency preparedness capacity for FMD and similar Transboundary Animal Diseases in improving early detection and rapid response. 

 

 

P11: RESOLAB (Dr. Joseph Adongo Awuni) 

Dr. Joseph Adongo Awuni is a Laboratory expert on FMD in West and Central Africa, and Coordinator of West and Central Africa Veterinary Laboratory Network for Avian Influenza and other trans-boundary diseases. (RESOLAB) 

Dr. Awuni spoke with our FMD Risk Management Specialist, Dr. Etienne Chevanne at the recent Workshop for PCP Support Officers (PSOs) in Accra, Ghana. They discussed the role of RESOLAB since its establishment in 2006, with an insight into its future direction. 

 

 

P10: Socioeconomics and policy (Dr. Bouda Ahmadi)

Dr. Bouda Ahmadi is an FMD Risk Assessment Specialist and an Animal Health Socioeconomics expert. Bouda is working across the EuFMD Pillar II and Pillar III Work Programme, and is contributing to the development of new EuFMD e-learning courses on socio economics and Public-Private partnerships (PPP). 

Bouda spoke with us about the sometimes overlooked crucial topic of socioeconomics around Animal Health issues. He includes some good examples of policy at country level by beneficiaries of the Progressive Control Pathway for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD). 

 

 

P9: Simulating FMD outbreak: Structure, methods and benefits (F. Busch & K. Krstevski)

Animal Health Officers Dr. Frank Busch & Dr. Kiril Krstevski are experienced Veterinary Officers, leading a number of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Simulation excercises and 'fact-finding' missions in the Balkan region, as well as in Moldova and Ukraine.

Frank and Kiril sat down with us in April to talk about their missions, what they look for in good emergency preparedness, as well as what they and the countries can learn in the aftermath of each exercise.

 

 

P8: EuFMD Research Group of the Standing Technical Committee

Dr. Tim Doel was the Head of the International Vaccine Bank, Pirbright Institute (1973-1993), Chief of Laboratories, PANAFTOSA (1993-95) and Site Director at Merial Pirbright (1995-2011). Tim now works as a EU Qualified Person and Vaccine Consultant providing advice to Foot and Mouth Disease Vaccine Manufacturers.

Tim sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The theme of the session was based around 'Global Vaccine Security'.

 

 

P7: Socioeconomics on a Global Scale 

Dr. Bessong Willington Ojong is a Veterinarian and International Animal Health Livestock Value Chain Expert. Willington was formerly a member of the EuFMD as a short term professional, working across Pillar III which aims to promote Improved uptake of the global strategy for the Progressive control of FMD.

We caught up with Willington in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy in the margins of the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The theme of the session was based around 'Global Vaccine Security'. He took us in-depth into some the common socioeconomic barriers that could affect the supply of effective FMD vaccine.

 

 

P6: Vaccine security: What does it mean? (2018)

Professor David Paton is a virologist currently working as an international consultant with a particular focus on foot-and-mouth disease and its control. He provides expert support across EuFMD’s programme, including on training to assist emergency preparedness and contingency planning, and on progressive control of FMD. Previously, David led the World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-Mouth Disease at the Pirbright Institute. David gave us insight to his interpreation on one of the meeting's main themes, "what do we mean by Vaccine Security?".

 

 

P5: The meaning of 'vaccine security' (2018)

Dr. Jorgen Westergaard is a Senior Lecturer in the Agriculture Department, University of Copenhagen. He has extensive experience in field work, research and legislative matters concerning the epidemiology, prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases.

Jorgen sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease to talk to us about the evolution of the meaning 'vaccine security' in the field of FMD control.

 

 

P4: The European Foot-and-Mouth Disease Spread Model (2018)

Maria de la Puente Arévalo is an FMD Risk Manangement Specialist and EuFMD's Pillar I coordinator. Maria sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. Maria presented to us an explanation of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Spread Model (EuFMDiS) which is used to evaluate various control options to eradicate the disease. It can also evaluate available resource and vaccine supply issues. The model is an adaptation of the Australian Animal Disease Spread Model (AADIS) developed by Graeme Garner & Richard Bradhurst.

 

 

P3: Socio-economic barriers to vaccine supply (2018)

Michael Sanderson is a Professor of Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University. Michael sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The theme of the session was based around 'Global Vaccine Security'. Michael talked to us about the economic barriers to sustained supply of quality vaccine in the United States of America.

 

 

P2: Vaccine demand in FMD endemic settings (2018)

Corissa Miller is a Veterinary Officer at Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and former EuFMD Short Term Professional (STP). Corissa sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The theme of the session was based around 'Global Vaccine Security'

Corissa talked about the changing demand of vaccine in FMD endemic environments and her own interpretation of the term, 'Vaccine Security'.

 

 

P1: FMD Transmission on Kenyan Rangelands (2018)

Kimberley VanderWaal, Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM), University of Minnesota sat down with us in Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy during the 2018 Open Session of the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The theme of the session was based around 'Global Vaccine Security'

Kimberley talked about a study into transmission dynamics between herd-types of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus (FMDV) in Kenyan rangelands.