Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease (ECTAD) - Viet Nam
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Programme Overview

The FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Viet Nam program was established early in 2006 to support the Viet Nam government in combatting the spread and entrenchment of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI H5N1).  This disease was starting to have significant economic impacts on the poultry sector, affect livelihoods and food security, as well as posing a global pandemic threat. From 2006 through 2011, ECTAD Viet Nam partnered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on a range of activities including coordination, capacity building, surveillance, laboratory strengthening and diagnostic capacity, improving biosecurity, conducting socio-economic and value chain studies, and improving advocacy and risk communication.

As the emergency situation subsided, the ECTAD Viet Nam program transitioned to address broader animal health, animal production, and food safety areas guided by shifting Viet Nam Government priorities. The disease prevention and control program expanded to include other important diseases including rabies, foot and mouth disease (FMD), porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), classical swine fever (CSF), and other influenza A viruses including H7N9 and H5N6, to name a few. Most recently, FAO is supporting One Health which aims to address human, animal and ecological health in a collaborative cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary manner. This approach is being applied to zoonotic and animal disease prediction, prevention & control, as well as food safety from farm to chopsticks.  Through this approach, ECTAD Viet Nam is contributing to Increasing the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises, ensuring the sustainability of the animal health and production interventions, and helping eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.


FAO ECTAD Viet Nam envisions ecologically sensitive and sustainable livestock production that supports food security and livelihoods, prevents disease emergence and spread, and minimizes impacts of diseases on economic development, human and animal health.


To enable sustainable control and prevention of high impact animal diseases and other health threats to improve global public health, food safety and food security.