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International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest technical meeting

Where: Rome, Italy (FAO-HQ)
When: 28-29 March 2017
What: International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest technical meeting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared in 2011 the global eradication of rinderpest and resolved that follow-up measures be implemented to maintain world freedom from the disease. Ensuring that rinderpest does not reappear is of great importance to global animal health, national economies, and food security.

Much has been accomplished in the era of post-rinderpest eradication, including the formation of a FAO-OIE Rinderpest Joint Advisory Committee for post-eradication activities in 2012. That same year, the African Union – Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) published The Post Rinderpest Eradication Strategy for the African continent and is developing a continental preparedness plan. The FAO developed a national contingency plan template in 2013 and is collaborating with OIE on preparedness planning for production and distribution of rinderpest vaccine. FAO-OIE rinderpest holding facilities have been established for safe storage of remaining stocks of rinderpest virus-containing material. The risk of virus escape from the laboratories is being mitigated through advocacy and sequestration of virus from laboratories as a continuous effort by FAO, the OIE, their Member States and Member Countries and their partners. All of these initiatives should be considered and embraced as part of global preparedness efforts.

A critical gap is the need for an international preparedness plan for rinderpest that will meet the world’s expectation of returning to a rinderpest-free status as quickly as possible following a rinderpest re-introduction. To address this gap, the FAO is forming an International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest with the support of the OIE to ensure the world remains free from rinderpest.


The overall purpose of the International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest is to ensure continued global freedom from rinderpest. The specific purpose of the group is to contribute expertise and work collaboratively to assist in the development of an International Preparedness Plan (IPP) for rinderpest, and to provide guidance on additional international rinderpest preparedness activities, including training and simulation exercises.


To fully implement the IPP at a global level, resources must be made available to the country/region that is impacted. Technical, political and socioeconomic support for rapid diagnostics, emergency response and containment, compensation, vaccination, etc., must all be considered. Regional and international support for developing countries is critically important and must be addressed in the IPP.

The IPP will be the practical, global approach to help ensure all nations, regions and the international community are engaged in eradicating rinderpest, should it re-occur. The inclusive expertise of the International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest will help guide the IPP process.

Following are the objectives for the International Preparedness Plan Group for Rinderpest.

  1. Prepare a written IPP for rinderpest;
  2. Receive comments and prepare the final draft rinderpest IPP for endorsement by FAO and the OIE;
  3. Advise and provide guidance on future rinderpest preparedness and emergency response activities (e.g. training and simulation exercises).


  1. FAO Manual on the Preparation of Rinderpest Contingency Plans;
  2. FAO Guidelines on Preparation of National Contingency Plans for Rinderpest;
  3. FAO Rinderpest National Contingency Plan-Country level template [28-08-2013];
  4. FAO Concept Note-Global Preparedness for Rinderpest Re-occurrence [11-24-14];
  5. FAO Good Emergency Management Practice Essentials Manual [2013];
  6. AU-IBAR Post Rinderpest Eradication Strategy;
  7. OIE Terrestrial AHC Chapter 8.15 Infection with Rinderpest Virus [2016];
  8. OIE Terrestrial Manual Chapter 2.1.19 Rinderpest (Infection with Rinderpest Virus) [2016];
  9. OIE Terrestrial Manual Chapter 1.1.10. International Standards for Vaccine Banks [2012];
  10. WHO Emergency Response Framework [2013].


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