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

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P35: Evaluation and improvement of the Emergency Preparedness Capacity of FMD and other TADs (Hullinger and Gaynor)

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Drs Hullinger and Gaynor discuss the recent EuFMD activities in the area of Animal Health Emergency Preparedness for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) and and other Similar Transboudary Animal Diseases (FAST Diseases).

Dr. Pam Hullinger is a veterinary epidemiologist, with over 30 years’ experience in private and public practice at the California state, US National and International levels.  Her expertise includes animal health emergency response preparedness, diagnostics, modeling, animal welfare and continuity of business planning.  She has led programs in animal disease spread modeling, FMD vaccination strategy and diagnostic assay development for transboundary animal diseases.  Her experience with exotic disease outbreaks includes foot-and-mouth disease and velogenic Newcastle disease.  Most recently was the Director of the Large Animal Teaching Hospital and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System at UC Davis.

Dr. Sally Gaynor worked as a veterinary risk manager for the Department of Agriculture in Ireland for 27 years. She has over 20 years’ experience in emergency preparedness for, and control of, transboundary animal diseases and was Head of the National Disease Control Centre. Her experience of exotic disease outbreaks includes foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, Newcastle disease and swine influenza. She has been working for EuFMD as an Emergency Preparedness Expert since September 2018.

 

 

P34: Simulation exercises (De La Puente and Filipovic)

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Simulation exercises are an excellent tool to test contingency plans and improve countries’ preparedness against exotic animal diseases. EuFMD supports the organization of simulation exercises, particularly in South Eastern European countries, but the recent pandemic represented a challenge for their planning and implementation. As a solution, a new way of delivering simulation exercises was outlined: Simulation exercises remotely assisted, using a crisis simulation tool. The pilot simulation exercise organized in this way took place on June 2020 in Montenegro.

Maria de la Puente Arévalo works in the EuFMD in coordinating training, simulation exercises and other activities aimed at improving preparedness of European countries against FAST diseases. She graduated at the Complutense University in Madrid and has an MSc in One Health with the University of Edinburgh. She worked for more than 10 years as an official veterinarian in veterinary public health and animal health in Spain as was involved in the European Commission initiative Better Training for Safer Food.

Goran Filipovic works in the EuFMD in planning and implementation of simulation exercises, networking and other activities aimed at improving preparedness of South East Europe region. He graduated at the University of Belgrade. Before working in the EuFMD, he worked on various national and regional projects for development and implementation of animal health strategies for prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases.

 

 

P33: Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in Libya (Eldaghayes and Dayhum) 

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In Libya, veterinarians in the field are carrying out good work to control the current FMD outbreak. In this new episode, Dr Dayhum and Dr Eldaghayes start from the history of the FMD in Libya to contextualize the actual FMD situation in Libya, and highlight experiences and strategies to control the disease.

Ibrahim Eldaghayes is a veterinarian and Professor of Virology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli, Libya. He is working with EuFMD, coordinating the work under Pillar II as a Technical Specialist. He holds a PhD in Virology and Immunology from the University of Bristol, UK, 2005. As a formal committee member of the Libyan National Center of Animal Health (NCAH) and now as a scientific advisor for NCAH, he is involved in many activities in order to control animal and zoonotic diseases in Libya. He has been nominated by the Libyan National Center for Diseases Control (NCDC) as Member of the Scientific Committee to control COVID-19 in Libya, and also appointed as COVID-19 Awareness and Education Committee Leader of the University of Tripoli. Ibrahim is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed international journal “Open Veterinary Journal”.  

 Abdunaser Dayhum is a veterinarian and Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tripoli, Libya. He is an epidemiologist, with experience in practice and development and cooperation projects. He is working with EuFMD in supporting the planning, development and implementation of the Pillar II Work Programme with technical assistance for FMD and other TADs risk reduction in European neighbouring countries. He was the director of National Center of Animal Health (NCAH) and also acted as CVO of the State of Libya and OIE delegate in 2012-2014. Abdunaser has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tripoli in 1990. he has completed his Master’s Degree in Epidemiology at the Veterinary College, Guelph University, Canada, in 1997, and has a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology from the Ecole National Vétérinaire d’Alfort, France in 2008.

 

 

P32: Training Management System and Quality Management System (Seabrook and Nardi)

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Against the framework of the EuFMD’s focus on virtual learning and training, Nadia Rumich, EuFMD Communications Officer spoke with Dr Marcello Nardi and Dr Leah Seabrook about learning and how it is possible to measure the impacts of training programmes.

Marcello Nardi is Chief Learning Officer at EuFMD and leads the design of a Quality Management (QM) system, the processes by which courses and training programmes can be designed for higher impact and the internal Training Management System (TMS). He has a degree in Communication Studies at La Sapienza University and post-graduate degrees in Training Management at Il Sole 24 Ore Business School and Evaluation of Training Impact at Association for Talent Development (ATD). Over the past 12 years he worked in companies operating in the Healthcare industry, where he held various roles within the L&D function, before joining the EuFMD team last December.

Leah Seabrook is a veterinary training specialist with experience in designing technical disease training for public practice veterinarians both virtually and face to face. Leah works with the EuFMD in the development of the Training Management System which will support the development of veterinary capacity in countries the EuFMD supports. Leah completed her veterinary degree at the Western college of Veterinary Medicine (Canada). After a short period in small animal practice, she joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) where she worked mostly in the areas of public health in meat inspection. Leah has developed technical training in support of CFIA's Foreign Animal Disease preparedness measures including hands on face-to-face training, classroom and virtual classroom events. 

 

 

P31: Strengthening of Veterinary Services for early detection & rapid response for FMD and other TADs (Dr Potzsch and Dr Plavsic)

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Dr Potzsch and Dr Plavsic speak about the collaboration between EuFMD and OIE in the framework of the implemented activities for improving surveillance and control of Foot-and-mouth and similar transboundary (FAST) animal diseases in the South-East European Neighbourhood, as the sharing of data and information under the Statement of Intentions (GF TADs).

Dr Plavsic is the OIE Regional Representative in Moscow. With his team, he is committed in improving on animal health and welfare, OIE standards setting, implementation of one-health principles and improvement of cooperation among Veterinary Services in Europe and beyond.

Dr Potzsch is a veterinary epidemiologists specialized in development, implementation and evaluation of livestock, wildlife and zoonotic disease surveillance and control schemes. He has been working with the EuFMD since 2004, with a focus on the Progressive Control Pathway for Foot-and-Mouth Disease (PCP-FMD), especially in the Southern Caucasus countries, Turkey and Central Asia and Central and West Africa 

 

 

P30: FMD Vaccine (Dr Van Maneen and Dr Lyons)

Welcome to a new episode of our podcast.

Dr Nick Lyons spoke with Dr Kees Van Maanen about the implementation of small-scale immunogenicity studies for evidenced-based decisions on FMD vaccine selection.

Dr Lyons is a veterinary epidemiologist based in the UK, working with EuFMD, with a keen interest in the evaluation of vaccines.

Dr Van Maanen is a virologist and senior researcher at Royal GD Animal Health in Deventer, the Netherlands, who started his career in FMD vaccine control.

They are often involved in providing advice to FMD endemic countries on FMD vaccines and strategies for vaccination.

 

 

P29: Public-Private Partnership (Dr Dieuzy-Labaye and Dr Ahmadi)

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Dr Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, EuFMD Risk Assessment Specialist, spoke with Dr Isabelle Dieuzy-Labaye, Senior Advisor on Partnerships at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE),  about Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

PPP is a mechanism to share resources and agree on responsibilities between the public and private sector to improve animal health and welfare. Application of PPP principles to control FMD and other similar transboundary animal diseases (FAST) is the focus of an e-learning course jointly developed by the EuFMD, the OIE and CIRAD.

Dr Dieuzy-Labaye has over 20 years of international experience in the animal health market with a focus in the private sector where she initiated and led multiple collaborations with various partners at the public-private interface. Dr Dieuzy-Labaye is a Board member at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort (ENVA) in France, at the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland and she has been appointed a Trustee of GALVmed and Chair of the Commercial Development Committee. She holds a DVM from ENVA and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dr Bouda Vosough Ahmadi is a veterinarian and animal-health and welfare economist currently working at the EuFMD.  His main research focus is on agricultural policies, economics, and policies of animal-health and animal welfare. He currently leads socioeconomic impact assessment studies of livestock diseases as well as public-private partnerships in the veterinary domain at EuFMD/FAO.

 

 

P28: EuFMDiS outbreak simulation model (Dr Graeme Garner and Dr Richard Bradhurst)

Nadia Rumich, EuFMD Communications Officer spoke with Dr Garner and Dr Bradhurst about EuFMDiS, a multi-country Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak simulation model. The EuFMDis model can be used to evaluate various control options to eradicate the disease. It is an adaptation of the Australian Animal Disease Spread Model (AADIS). 

Dr Garner is a veterinary epidemiologist who has worked for EuFMD, following his retirement from the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources where he was a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Director of the Department’s Epidemiology and One Health Program

Dr Bradhurst is a Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA). His specialization is the fusion of multiple modelling approaches for the control of emergency animal, human, plant and environmental disease.

 

 

P27: “Livestock data”, a new tool (Dr Gareth Salmon and Dr Bouda Ahmadi)

Our FMD Risk Assessment Specialist Dr. Bouda Ahmadi spoke with Dr Gareth Salmon at the FAO HQ in February. They discussed the new website called livestockdata.org that has been launched in May 2020 by The Livestock Data for Decisions (LD4D) Community of Practice. The website aligns with the LD4D’s objective to drive informed livestock decision-making through better use of existing data and analyses, and will be a source to access livestock evidence and data.

Dr Salmon works for Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), which is based at the University of Edinburgh. Previously to that, he completed a PhD at Scotland’s Rural College and The University of Edinburgh. He modelled the productivity improvement potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from smallholder dairy production systems and considered the economic and social constraints to improvements.

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.

 

 

P26: Rapid tests for FMD diagnosis (Dr Labib Bakkali-Kassimi and Dr Etienne Chevanne)

Welcome to the podcast on rapid tests for FMD diagnosis. Dr Chevanne (EuFMD), had a talk with Dr Bakkali-Kassimi (ANSES) on rapid tests for the diagnosis of FMD and their contribution to virological surveillance. A rapid and easy-to-perform test is particularly useful for the confirmation of suspected FMD outbreaks on-site, and the fast implementation of control measures. The inactivation of positive tests on-site allows the safe transportation of samples from the field to the laboratory for virus characterization, without the need for maintaining the cold chain.

Dr Bakkali-Kassimi is a virologist at the Animal Health Laboratory of the National Agency for Food Safety, Environmental and Occupational Health (ANSES), Deputy director of UMR1161 Virology and Head of the Picornavirus biology team. He is the Director of the European Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Disease and is also responsible for the international reference laboratory mandates for FAO and OIE.

Dr Etienne Chevanne is an FMD Risk Management Specialist and Animal Health expert. He works at the EuFMD in Rome. 

 

 

P25: Interpretation of Quarterly Report (Dr Keith Sumption and Dr Donald King)

Welcome to the podcast for the first issue of the Quarterly Report for 2020. This is also the first Joint report between EuFMD and the WRLFMD, replacing the former Global Monthly Report (GMR) which had been issued by the EuFMD for eight years.

Keith Sumption is the Executive Secretary of the EuFMD, and in this podcast he discusses the new Quarterly Report with Donald King, Head of the Vesicular Disease Reference Laboratory Group at the The Pirbright Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) World Reference Laboratory for Foot-and-mouth disease (WRLFMD).

The Quarterly Report is available on the EuFMD website and on the WRLFMD one.

All colleagues reading this report are encouraged to assist to increase the submissions from these gap areas. We also welcome feedback on this new report format.

 

 

P24: EFSA and EuFMD: joining efforts to improve animal health (Dr Gabriele Zancanaro)

During the EuFMDiS advisory group Meeting held in Rome at the FAO HQ in  January 2020, we met Dr. Gabriele Zancanaro from EFSA. We discussed EFSA’s pilot project “SIGMA” and the possible collaboration with our modelling project “EuFMDiS”.  

Dr Zancanaro is a doctor in Veterinary Medicine. He was Head Veterinary Offices of Regione Piemonte: reference for the regional National Plan for Residues and for the Regional Observatory of Anatomo-Pathology (ORAP). He has worked for EFSA since 2008 in the Assessment and Methodological Unit and in the Animal Health and Welfare Team where is also project manager of the “SIGMA” Pilot project.

 

 

P23: EuFMD FAST disease work-plan as an important frame to tackle TADs (Dr. Germán Caceres Garrido)

During the “Improving neighbourhood surveillance and European preparedness for Foot-And-mouth disease and Similar Transboundary (FAST) animal diseases” workshop organized by EuFMD in Bari on 24 and 25 September 2019, we spoke with Dr. Caceres Garrido, a Spanish veterinary. We discussed the EuFMD FAST disease future work-plan as an important frame to tackle diseases other than FMD in developed and developing countries around the world. 

Dr. Germán Caceres Garrido is the head of service of the Epidemiology Department of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fishieries and Food. In his present job activities, his responsibilities are mostly related with risk assessment, communication and management. He started his career on 1999 by obtaining a veterinary degree at Univeristy Complutense of Madrid and suddenly he become a clinician and surgeon for small animals. After this experience, he become an OVs in the United Kingdom working for DEFRA on meat hygiene, disease surveillance and welfare in slaughter houses until 2007, and then started working in Spanish Ministry of Agriculture in the Epidemiology department of the Animal Health Unit. He is also Focal point for the EuFMD since 2016. 

 

 

P22: Improving data collection and quality for livestock health and productivity in LMICs (Prof. Andrew R Peters)

Our FMD Risk Assessment Specialist, Dr Bouda Ahmadi, interviewed Dr Andy Peters at the FAO HQ. They discussed on the Supporting Evidence-based Interventions (SEBI-livestock) program in Edinburgh, which focuses on improving data collection and quality for livestock health and productivity in LMICs.

Dr Peters is a Professor of Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University and Director of SEBI-livestock, Centre for Evidence-based Interventions, which aims to improve data on livestock health and productivity in low and middle-income countries. He is a member of several public committees and charity trusts both in the Uk and internationally. He is a veterinarian with PhD and DSc degrees in animal sciences and has published some 160 scientific papers and two books on Vaccines for Veterinary Applications and Reproduction in Cattle respectively.

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.

 

 

P21: The Prioritization of Antigen Management with International Surveillance Tool (Dr. Melissa Mclaws)

We spoke with our EuFMD Veterinary Epidemiologist Dr Melissa McLaws about the Prioritization of Antigen Management with the International Surveillance Tool (PRAGMATIST). This tool has been developed by EuFMD in collaboration with the World Reference Laboratory for FMD, to assist risk managers make decisions about the FMD vaccines that they purchase/maintain, based on current risks to countries covered by the bank.

Dr McLaws is a veterinary epidemiologist trained in Canada. She has worked in private practice, for government and international organizations; and is currently working for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as well as a consultant for EuFMD. 

 

 

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 virtual 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.