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Strengthening emergency preparedness and response for highly pathogenic avian influenza in Bangladesh

Strengthening emergency preparedness and response for highly pathogenic avian influenza in Bangladesh

Full title of the project:

Strengthening emergency preparedness and response for highly pathogenic avian influenza in Bangladesh

Target areas:

 

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 2 500 000
01/10/2011-31/12/2013
Project code:
OSRO/BGD/101/USA
Objective:

To strengthen emergency preparedness to prevent and control highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Bangladesh.

Key partners:

The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL). 

Beneficiaries reached:

Government line ministries, technical institutions, livestock and poultry producers and farm managers. 

Activities implemented:
  • Reviewed and refined the MoFL’s existing HPAI control approach and standard operating procedures  (SOPs) for outbreak investigations. 
  • Collected 15 597 samples from free-range ducks, wild and domestic birds and chickens from live bird markets (LBMs) to identify disease transmission dynamics.
  • Created 11 SOP manuals for the prevention and control of HPAI, for use by DLS field officers during biosecurity checks of 115 previously affected backyard farms. 
  • Upgraded and renovated 12 LBMs through floor and wall tiling and the construction of draining facilities and small-scale slaughterhouses. 
  • Distributed cleaning and disinfection equipment (high pressure washers, hand and motorized sprayers, etc.) to LBMs. 
  • Trained 615 commercial farm managers and 100 traders, slaughterers and processors and cleaners from LBMs on biosecurity and decontamination. 
  • Held 17 meetings with DLS and LBM staff to advocate LBM renovation, decontamination, surveillance and weekly closures. 
  • Facilitated the endorsement of a weekly rest-day closure for 69 markets in Dhaka to perform thorough cleaning and disinfection. 
  • Provided training on the use of the web-based Livestock Disease Information System to 558 DLS staff members in 394 upazilas to enable them to initiate disease reporting. 
  • Developed a One Health national strategy document and a five-year action plan. 
  • Established a Laboratory Response Network to promote partnerships between animal and human health laboratories. 
Impact:
  • Strengthened coordination, planning and policy support for effective control of HPAI and other emerging and re-emerging zoonoses. 
  • Enhanced the surveillance capacities of national laboratories and DLS. 
  • Improved biosecurity and hygiene in backyard and commercial farms and LBMs. 
  • Promoted active collaboration between the animal and human health sectors. 
  • Enabled a local, regional and national response to emergencies and threats to animal, human and environmental health.