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Inception workshop of the project “Strengthening the regional preparedness, prevention and response against lumpy skin disease in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine”

Kyiv, Ukraine, 30/05/2018 - 31/05/2018

Background
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a newly emerged transboundary animal disease spreading throughout the Middle East, Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. Introduction of LSD virus into naïve population causes considerable economic losses due to death of cattle, decrease of their productivity, the cost of vaccination campaigns, and most importantly, its effects on trade. The risk of an imminent incursion into neighbouring still unaffected countries is very high, particularly for those sharing borders and (both formal and informal) trade routes. This is the case of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

Workshop objectives
• To present the project objectives, outputs and activities
• To discuss and fine-tune the project activities and timeline, in synergy with ongoing activities at country level

Participants
The two-day workshop will bring together veterinary specialists (from state veterinary services) from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, plus nationally recruited consultants, international FAO experts, national institutions, and international agencies.