Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD)
Asia and the Pacific Region

Through ECTAD, FAO builds animal health capacity to prevent, detect and respond to zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease outbreaks at source. FAO ECTAD plays a critical role in protecting people and animals from animal disease threats.

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Two of our latest publications "Epidemiology Mapping Tool (EMT): Evidence-based tool to improve animal health system "and "Operationalization of One Health" are available in our publications page. Read more>>
Take action in mitigating the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Know what you can do to help control AMR!  Watch video>>
Through Rabies Action Center of Excellence (RACE), FAO ECTAD Bangladesh has conducted a series of programmes to achieve this national goal. Dogs' vaccination, especially for roaming dogs, becomes essential to eradicate the rabies threat. Read more>>
Recent studies conducted by FAO ECTAD, together with the Australia-Indonesia Health Security Partnership, Ceva Sante Animale – a global animal health company, and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, have revealed the effectiveness of implementing oral rabies vaccination in Indonesia. Read more>>
Key facts
Zoonotic diseases

Zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses, are diseases shared between animals–including livestock, wildlife and pets–and people. Zoonotic diseases are commonly spread at the human-animal-environment interface – where people and animals interact with each other in their shared environment (FAO, OIE and WHO, 2019).

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Dangerous pathogens

Approximately 70 percent of the pathogens causing emerging infectious diseases today are zoonotic, emerging from both wildlife and livestock.

Animal disease pose a risk

Animal diseases pose a risk to public health and cause damage to livestock and poultry sectors and the future of our food safety and security. Early prevention, detection and rapid response are crucial to tackling these threats.

Our focus
Lumpy skin disease: how to protect farmers and stop the spread

This video aims to raise the knowledge of farmers and relevant stakeholders on lumpy skin disease (LSD) and how to reduce its spread and transmission...

COVID Response in Bangladesh – A One Health Approach

In the context of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, FAO piloted the initiative with support from BRAC and funding from the United States Agency for International...

Practice biosecurity to save your pigs

This video provides practical steps on how to implement biosecurity to tackle African swine fever (ASF) in pig farms, including cleaning and disinfecting...

ASF kills

Short video on what is African swine fever and how to prevent it.

Biosecurity is a key to stop ASF

While the world’s attention has focused on a human pandemic, African swine fever (ASF) is still threatening our livelihood. Although the ASF virus does...

Disease reporting: Notes for private veterinarians in Myanmar
Disease reporting: Notes for private veterinarians in Myanmar

This publication equips private veterinarians with updated information on notifiable animal diseases in Myanmar, passive surveillance and information...

FAO ECTAD Asia and the Pacific profile

This programme profile describes how FAO ECTAD in Asia and the Pacific region works with Member Nations to strengthen their animal health capacity and...

Multisectoral Coordination Mechanisms Operational Tool (MCM OT)

The MCM OT is part of the operational tools of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide. It provides a standard stepwise approach for countries to establish or...

Guiding principles for the design of avian influenza active surveillance in Asia

This guideline aims at supporting countries in the elaboration and planning of active surveillance schemes at national level for the monitoring and...

Guidelines for African swine fever (ASF) prevention and control in smallholder pig farming in Asia: Monitoring and surveillance of ASF

This guideline provides guidance for government officials in defining surveillance objectives, establishing ASF-related case definitions and reporting...

Guidelines for African swine fever (ASF) prevention and control in smallholder pig farming in Asia: Culling and disposal of pigs in an ASF outbreak

This guideline provides guidance on planning and conducting pig culling and disposal operations in smallholder settings including other relevant actions,...

Guidelines for African swine fever (ASF) prevention and control in smallholder pig farming in Asia: Farm biosecurity, slaughtering and restocking

This guideline provides information on biosecurity, slaughtering and restocking practice in smallholder pig farming system which are designed for use...

Guidelines for African swine fever (ASF) prevention and control in smallholder pig farming in Asia: Clean chain approach for ASF in smallholder settings

This guideline outlines the principles of an ASF clean chain system for smallholder pig producers in Southeast Asia. It provides recommendations on...

Antimicrobial resistance in livestock in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

This document highlights FAO ECTAD's works with the Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF) on the implementation of AMR cross-sectorial strategy...

Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool (JRA OT)

The JRA OT is part of the operational tools of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide and is intended for use by staff from national ministries responsible for...

Surveillance and Information Sharing Operational Tool (SIS OT)

The SIS OT is part of the operational tools of the Tripartite Zoonoses Guide and is developed to support national authorities to establish or strengthen...

Monitoring and surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from healthy food animals intended for consumption

This guideline provides guidance in the development of AMR surveillance plan for food-borne bacteria, underscoring the key elements for harmonized AMR...

Taking a Multisectoral, One Health Approach : A Tripartite guide to addressing zoonotic diseases in countries

This guide provides country ministries and agencies with lessons learned and good practices identified from country-level experiences in taking One...

Results snapshots from 2015 to 2022


Strategies, sops, guidelines and policy briefs developed


Projects have been implemented acrcoss the region


Professionals trained to improve their skilss to prevent, detect, and respond to animal health threats


Laboratories in 20 countries can perform diagnostic test using FAO endorsed procedures


Laboratories improved their monitoring and surveillance of AMR through Atlass missions


Value chain studies identifying high-risk disease transmission zones/areas published


Publications, reports and manuscripts published to increase veterinary academic resources


Countries utilized FAO capacity assessment tools to improve national disease preparedness


Countries withh established targeted surveillance programs in place (live bird markets)

Sustainable Development Goals contributions

SDG 01 - No Poverty    SDG 02 - Zero Hunger    SDG 03 - Good Health and Well-Being    SDG 05 - Gender Equality    SDG 06 - Clean Water and Sanitation    SDG 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production    SDG 13 - Climate Action    SDG 14 - Life Below Water    SDG 15 - Life on Land    SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions    SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals