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  • FAORAP organised the third regional training of trainers on ASF detection and emergency response engaging animal health officials from Lao PDR, the Philippines and Thailand on 15-26 March 2021 [reference].
  • FAORAP organised a 2-day virtual regional consultation workshop on ASF preparedness and response for Asia & Pacific (9-10 March 2021) [meeting report].
  • Alert letter on unlicensed ASF vaccine use in the region was sent out to Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) on 29 March 2021 by regional secretariat for FAO/OIE GF-TADs for Asia and the Pacific. 
  • FAO co-organised the Standing Group of Experts for African Swine Fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and the Pacific, together with the OIE, held online on 5 February 2021  [reference].
  • GF-TADs virtual meeting: Stop ASF: Public and private partnering for success - Live technical session on 21, 28 June [registeragendarecordingnetworking]
  • FAO ECTAD Myanmar conducted a sub-national level virtual interactive training on ASF detection and emergency response in Myanmar, together with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD), in collaboration with FAO ECTAD RAP. The course comprises seven modules with excercise, 85 participants from public and private veterinary sectors, academia, and associations.
  • FAO ECTAD Cambodia held a series of training courses on ASF in Svay Rieng, Takeo and Kampong provinces [link].
  • FAO ECTAD RAP organized a 2-day virtual training on ASF risk communication for Asia & Pacific (December 2020).
  • FAO ECTAD Indonesia, in collaboration with DGLAHS, organized an online capacity building course on ASF prevention & control for eight high risk provinces. The course included: biosecurity, biosafety, market / value chain management, etc against ASF introduction; and online ASF ToT course is being planned.
  • FAO ECTAD RAP launched an animation video for farmers on basic farm biosecurity “Be a Champion Farmer! – Biosecurity is key to stop African Swine Fever” available in different languages used in Asia & Pacific [reference].  
  • GF-TADs Webinar - African swine fever: An unprecedented global threat - A challenge to livelihoods, food security and biodiversity - Call for action, was successfully held in October 2020 [reference].
  • FAO ECTAD Viet Nam and DAH held workshops on risk communication of animal diseases in October 2020 [reference]
  • FAO ECTAD RAP published “Addressing African Swine Fever: Laboratory protocols and algorithms” in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP, formerly AAHL) [reference].
  • Alert message on high risk for African swine fever emergence and spread to Pacific Islands sent out on 16 March 2020.
  • The 4th Standing Group of Experts (SGE) on ASF for Asia meeting to discuss ‘Outbreak management’ was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
  • FAO conducted an ASF risk assessment mission in Samoa to provide support for ASF preparedness to prevent the disease entering the country (February 2020) [reference].
  • The Global Meeting to address the “ASF unprecedented global threat: a challenge to food security, wildlife management and conservation” in Rome, Italy, initially planned in April 2020, was substituted by series of webinars took place in October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation [reference].
  • FAO and OIE launched a new joint initiative for the Global Control of African swine fever - A GF-TADs initiative 2020-2025 [press release]. 
  • Virtual regional Training of Trainers on ASF detection and emergency response was organized in June-July 2020 engaging animal health officials from Cambodia, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Regional FETPV.
  • Online meeting with CVO Papua New Guinea (PNG) and FAO (HQs, RAP and FAO-PNG) and development partners was held in June 2020 to discuss situation and support to ASF response in PNG.
  • Online course on ASF preparedness for Asia was successfully finished with 490 participants from 27 countries in Asia and Pacific Region with a dozen tutors (May-June 2020).
  • Under the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) umbrella, OIE, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO organized a video call focusing on ASF by engaging several exerts on epidemiology, laboratory, biosecurity and prevention as well as socioeconomic aspects. Each participating country provided update on ASF preparedness in the individual countries (March 2020).
  • The production of the Korean version of the manual African swine fever in wild boar: ecology and biosecurity manual in collaboration with the Korean National Institute is completed.
  • Dr B. Tijani, Assistant Director General, FAO participated in the High-Level International Conference - The future of global pork production under the threat of African swine fever, organized by the European Commission in Berlin (January 2020) [reference].
  • The first cohort of trainees have completed the FAO tutored e-learning course on ASF (December 2019) and plans to offer this in 2020 to multiple regions developed.
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Timor-Leste to assess ASF situation and response strategy (December 2019).
  • The 2019 Annual Coordination meeting of the Project Steering Committee for the FAO-China South-South Cooperation project was held in Kunming City, China, including discussion on ‘ASF prevention and control’ (December 2019).
  • ECTAD/FAO co-organized the 3rd Meeting of the GF-TADs standing group of experts on African swine fever (SGE-ASF) for Asia and4th regional workshop on swine disease control in Asia (November 2019) [reference].
  • The Regional Laboratory Coordinator undertook a mission to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to provide laboratory equipment, reagents and training on ASF diagnostic methodologies (November 2019)
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Papua New Guinea to assess ASF preparedness and response strategy (October 2019) [reference]
  • ECTAD Viet Nam uploaded a video clip to YouTube on technical advice (September 2019) [reference].
  • Inception Workshop for the Regional Technical Cooperation Programme on African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia was held in Bangkok (August 2019) [reference].
  • ECTAD/FAO Regional office for Asia and the Pacific attended the 2nd standing group of experts on African swine fever (SGE-ASF) meeting for Asia held in Tokyo, Japan (July 2019) [reference].
  • FAO EMC-AH mission to Lao PDR to assess the ASF situation and preparedness and response strategy (June 2019)
  • FAO and World Bank - joint presentation on ASF at the G7 CVO meeting (May 2019).
  • OIE and FAO - joint presentation on ASF at the 87th OIE General Session, OIE, Paris (May 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Cambodia to assess the ASF situation and response strategy (May 2019).
  • In Cambodia, the private sector organized an awareness-training program entitled "Breeding pigs under ASF threat", at which FAO ECTAD Cambodia presented the regional ASF situation (May 2019).
  • FAO project on ASF Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” started (April 2019).
  • Beijing International Symposium on ASF was jointly organized by MARA, FAO and OIE in Beijing (April 2019).
  • The GF-TADS Standing Group of Experts on ASF for Asia was held in Beijing, hosted by MARA (April 2019).
  • FAO in collaboration with the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production (GDAHP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, organized a National Consultative Workshop on the Development of ASF Preparedness and Response Plan (ASF-CPRP) in Cambodia (April 2019).
  • FAO Technical Cooperation Programme project “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” (TCP/RAS/3704) started on 23 April 2019.
  • FAO organized a workshop on ASF Preparedness & Response Plan and portable PCR in Cambodia (April 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Viet Nam from in March 2019 to assess ASF situation and response strategy.
  • FAO Myanmar is advising Veterinary Service on appropriate active surveillance and on laboratory diagnosis. FAO completed an EMC-AH mission to Myanmar to assess ASF preparedness, including laboratory capacity (March 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH Emergency Response Mission to Mongolia to assess ASF situation (February 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to assess ASF preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and MARA, China jointly organized the Multilateral Cross-Border Meeting in Greater Mekong Subregion to Strengthen Collaboration of Transboundary Animal Disease Control in Beijing, China, in November 2018 which included “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness training” for Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and China [reference].
  • FAO-China, Chief/AGAH and CVO met with MARA Vice Minister and senior staff of Veterinary Bureau and China Animal Disease Control Center in November. A call for solidarity to address the expanding global threat of ASF to the G20 was suggested by Chinese officials [reference].
  • In October 2018 and again in February 2019, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer sent a message to CVOs in the region and throughout the world encouraging preparedness and vigilance [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly held a Technical Consultation on ‘Application of Technology to Strengthen ASF Control through Rapid Detection and Response’ in October 2018 in Beijing, China [reference].
  • FAO organized an Emergency Regional Consultation on African Swine Fever in Bangkok, September 2018 [reference].
  • FAO released a publication on ASF spread in Asia (March 2018) and urged regional collaboration and preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and World Bank delivered a joint presentation at the G7 CVO meeting (May 2019).
  • OIE and FAO delivered a joint presentation on ASF at the 87th OIE General Session, OIE, Paris (May 2019).
  • FAO project on ASF Emergency Preparedness and Response in East and Southeast Asia” started from April 2019.
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Cambodia from 27 May to assess the ASF situation and response strategy.
  • In Cambodia, the private sector organized an awareness-training program entitled "Breeding pigs under ASF threat" on 9 May, at which FAO ECTAD Cambodia presented the regional ASF situation.
  • Beijing International Symposium on ASF was jointly organized by MARA, FAO and OIE on 8-9 April in Beijing [reference].
  • The 1st meeting of GF-TADS Standing Group of Experts (SGE) on ASF for Asia was held in Beijing, hosted by MARA.
  • FAO in collaboration with the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production (GDAHP), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia, organized a National Consultative Workshop on the Development of ASF Preparedness and Response Plan (ASF-CPRP) in Cambodia on 8-9 April 2019.
  • FAO organized a training workshop on operationalizing the ASF Preparedness and Response Plan and how to use portable PCR for ASF in Cambodia on 10-11 April 2019.
  • FAO participated at International Symposium on ASF and Standing Group of Exerts (SGE)–ASF meeting (Beijing, April 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Viet Nam from 11 to 16 March to assess ASF situation and response strategy.
  • FAO Myanmar is advising Veterinary Service on appropriate active surveillance and on laboratory diagnosis. FAO completed an EMC-AH mission to Myanmar to assess ASF preparedness, including laboratory capacity by expert from an OIE/FAO reference laboratory (March 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH Emergency Response Mission to Mongolia to assess ASF situation (February 2019).
  • FAO deployed an EMC-AH mission to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to assess ASF preparedness [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly organized the Multilateral Cross-Border Meeting in Greater Mekong Subregion to Strengthen Collaboration of Transboundary Animal Disease Control in Beijing, China in November 2018 which included “African Swine Fever Emergency Preparedness training” for Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and China [reference].
  • On 16 November, FAO-China, Chief/AGAH and CVO met with MARA Vice Minister and senior staff of Veterinary Bureau and China Animal Disease Control Center. A call for solidarity to address the expanding global threat of ASF to the G20 was suggested by Chinese officials [reference].
  • In October 2018 and again in February 2019, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer sent a message to CVOs in the region and throughout the world encouraging preparedness and vigilance [reference].
  • FAO and MARA jointly held a Technical Consultation on ‘Application of Technology to Strengthen ASF Control through Rapid Detection and Response’ in October 2018 in Beijing, China, with participants from Veterinary Bureau/MARA, China Animal Disease Control Center (CADC), China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) [reference].
  • FAO organized an “Emergency Regional Consultation on African swine fever: Risk reduction and preparedness” in Bangkok, 5-7 September, 2018, with the overall objective to:
    • review the ASF situation and risks to the rest of China and the region;
    • develop a regional approach for ASF risk reduction, preparedness and response;
    • identify priority actions required for countries in a short, medium and longer term; and
    • facilitate the development of a stakeholder network for ASF.
  • FAO's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) is communicating closely with authorities in China’s Veterinary Bureau to monitor the situation and to respond effectively to the outbreak inside the country.
  • FAO ECTAD is likewise in contact with authorities in neighbouring countries, to raise the importance of preparedness to respond to the threat of further spread.
  • The FAO Manual on ASF Detection and Diagnosis was recently translated into Chinese in collaboration with Veterinary authorities and ASF national reference laboratory in China, and distributed in the regions.
  • FAO undertook a mission in Mongolia (16-23 April) to explore the feasibility of wild boar surveillance along the border with Russia. Following this mission an awareness pamphlet was produced and delivered to herders/hunters and some rangers in the provinces that border with Russian Federation. 
  • FAO warned of the risk of African swine fever threatens to spread from China to other Asian countries, and urges regional collaboration including stronger monitoring and preparedness measures [reference].
  • FAO released a rapid risk assessment of ASF introduction in March 2018: “African Swine Fever Threatens People’s Republic of China” [reference].
  • FAO and authorities in China jointly developed a Field Epidemiology Training Programme for Veterinarians (FETPV) in China to strengthen epidemiological investigation, disease situation tracking, risk assessment and emergency preparedness.  ‘Graduates’ of the programme have been mobilized for epidemiological investigations, sampling and response activities.
  • An event for ASF policy in East and Southeast Asia was organized Under FAO-led international H2020 research consortium for the coordination of animal health research between China and EU (LinkTADs).
  • FAO provided TCP/CPR/3501 “Developing Prevention and Control Strategies for African Swine Fever (ASF) in China” (Jul 2014 - Dec 2015; USD 380,000) to improve the capacity in ASF prevention, ASF preparedness, risk assessment, diagnostic techniques, epidemiology, raising awareness, strengthening national ASF laboratory coordination mechanism, and set up an ASF contingency plan.