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FAO will host Rift Valley Fever workshop

07 January 2011 - Under the umbrella of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will host a Rift Valley Fever (RVF) workshop on 19-21 January 2011 at its Rome headquarters.

This event benefits from the technical support of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The aim of this event is to bring together foremost scientists in the field of RVF vaccine development, policy makers and international organizations to discuss the current state of research. The objectives of this workshop are the following:

  • Identify possible overlaps and opportunities for collaboration;
  • Explore possibilities to ensure or facilitate pre-clinical and first stage clinical development of promising experimental vaccines, including harmonization or equivalency in assessing safety and field trials;
  • Explore the requirements for the national and international registration of new RVF vaccines, including possible emergency RVF vaccines;
  • Increase awareness of the global threat of RVF among the scientific community, the public, and key decision makers, including the importance of the development of new vaccines;
  • Discuss the RVF situation in different animal and human populations around the globe, and the associated implications for decision-making, including the rational use of specific vaccines, and/or stockpiling of vaccines.

It is expected that the workshop will generate a number of recommendations that will be brought to the attention of relevant parties and institutions. For its part, the Animal Production and Health Division (AGA) of the FAO strives to assist member countries to take full advantage of the contribution the rapidly growing and transforming livestock sector can make towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

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