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Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) - Viet Nam

Safeguard Viet Nam poultry industry with coordinated surveillance


Hanoi, 1 March 2019. The Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), FAO Viet Nam in collaboration with Department of Animal Health (DAH) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC) co-organized an inception workshop on the 2019 Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance programme in Ha Noi. 

The workshop finalized the design and implementation arrangement of the national 2019 AI surveillance program in agreement with the national, regional and provincial animal health agencies and the public health sector. 

“The surveillance program has helped Viet Nam Government to better understand the AI distribution risk, contributing to multi-sectoral preparedness and coordinated response to potential threats. Vietnamese farmers will benefit by getting better vaccine selection advices and securing their livelihood”  said Pawin Padungtod, ECTAD Senior Technical Coordinator.

Apart from the presentations on the global and national AI situation delivered by the animal health and public health representatives, the participants discussed the future upgrade and improved usage of Viet Nam Animal Health System (VAHIS) which supports animal disease reporting. The FAO technical expert provided an update on the live bird market (LBM) data which serves as a strong evidence base for AI surveillance. 

Since 2006 FAO ECTAD Vietnam has assisted DAH to implement surveillance for influenza A viruses in Viet Nam with the funding provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The surveillance activities have expanded over time, from an initial focus on highly pathogenic avian influenza A (HPAI) H5N1 in poultry, to a broader programme encompassing additional viruses of concern and activities in swine as well as poultry. The current surveillance programme does not only target endemic strains but also aims to detect new influenza virus incursions, such as H7N9. 

Apart from FAO ECTAD Viet Nam, since 2017 the CDC also collaborate with DAH to conduct avian influenza surveillance. Since June 2018 FAO ECTAD Viet Nam and CDC agreed to continue supporting a single DAH national AI surveillance program using harmonized surveillance protocol including reporting templates and make all surveillance results available in a single database for further analysis and usage. 

“We highly appreciate the cooperation with the CDC, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health, FAO ECTAD Vietnam is committed to work more closely together with the international and national partners to align activities related to animal-human interfaces in order to minimize the disease impacts on food security, food safety, public health and animal welfare” Pawin added.