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Immediate technical assistance to strengthen emergency preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in China

Immediate technical assistance to strengthen emergency preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in China

Full title of the project:

Immediate technical assistance to strengthen emergency preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in China

Target areas:

China. 

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 3 588 000
01/10/2014-31/07/2020
Project code:
OSRO/CPR/401/USA
Objective:

To support the Government of China’s preparedness for HPAI through collaboration and capacity building.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

Beneficiaries reached:

Government staff, academic faculty members, veterinarians, veterinarian agencies and indirectly benefited the Chinese animal husbandry industry and neighbouring countries.

Activities implemented:
  • Contributed to the epidemiology training of 411 government staff and 138 academic faculty members across 31 provinces, who subsequently trained more than 13 000 veterinarians.
  • Trained 23 national-level professionals on the pen-side polymerase chain reaction for H7N9 early detection.
  • Trained 31 provincial directors and their epidemiologists on improving biosecurity in live bird markets.
  • Developed and refined informational resources (through newsletters, video and social media) to raise awareness of and control high-impact influenzas and other zoonoses.
  • Organized high-level multilateral events between China and neighbouring countries.
  • Revised and developed six programmes and studies relating to surveillance and epidemiology.
  • Organized workshops which promoted the introduction, piloting and application of the Laboratory Mapping Tool.
  • Organized working groups to promote the One Health approach in China for greater collaboration between animal and public health sectors.
  • Organized six events relevant to laboratory networking and field epidemiology-laboratory linkages.
  • Established and maintained partnerships with multi-sectoral stakeholders through personal contacts, electronic communications, conventional media and social media.
Impact:
  • Increased both veterinary epidemiology and laboratory capacity building, and expertise networking in China.
  • Improved epidemiological understanding of zoonotic influenza viruses and other high-impact viruses through targeted surveillance and epidemiological studies.
  • Strengthened multi-lateral cooperation with neighbouring countries on transboundary animal disease control under the framework of South-South cooperation.
  • Promoted the One Health approach in China.
  • Ensured greater awareness of high-impact influenzas, zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Strengthened planning and multi-sectoral collaboration on the effective management and control of high-impact influenzas and other zoonoses.
  • Improved the capacities and capabilities of government counterparts to prevent, detect and control new disease threats.