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Strengthening national capacity to respond to highly pathogenic avian influenza in Bangladesh

Strengthening national capacity to respond to highly pathogenic avian influenza in Bangladesh

Full title of the project:

Strengthening national capacity to respond to highly pathogenic avian influenza and emerging and re-emerging diseases in Bangladesh

Contribution:
USD 2 000 000
01/10/2012-31/12/2013
Project code:
OSRO/BGD/202/USA
Objective:

To contribute to the improvement of livelihoods of vulnerable populations in Bangladesh by safeguarding human and animal health and improving food security and safety.

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:
  • Collected 4 729 samples from free-range ducks, wild and domestic birds and chickens from live bird markets (LBMs) to identify disease transmission dynamics.
  • Provided 1 850 ducks, 185 sheds and 4 625 kg of feed to 185 beneficiaries.
  • Continued the cleaning, disinfection and regular surveillance of 25 major LBMs in the country.
  • Upgraded and renovated six LBMs to meet biosecurity standards. 
  • Provided training to 100 farmers/farm managers, LBM personnel, traders and veterinary officers on biosecurity and disinfection. 
  • Supported the MoFL’s adoption of the One Health Strategic Framework and five-year action plan for a multi-sector One Health approach to infectious diseases.
  • Provided hands-on training to a total of 85 Upazila Livestock Officers, Veterinary Surgeons and DLS staff on the online Livestock Disease Information System for animal disease surveillance and reporting of disease events to veterinary authorities. 
  • Established DLS checkposts in 12 strategic locations across the country to monitor poultry movements from farm to LBM and identify signs of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
Impact:
  • Facilitated the coordination, planning and policy support activities of the DLS for the effective management and control of HPAI and other zoonotic emerging and re-emerging diseases. 
  • Enabled reporting of the animal health situation directly from the field, drastically reducing reporting time and increasing the possibility for early animal disease detection and response.
  • Assisted in the establishment of solid partnerships with DLS and key stakeholders in both the private and public sectors, with the aim of helping LBMs to meet biosecurity standards in order to contribute to safe and secure poultry products.