Bureau régional de la FAO pour le Proche-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord

FAO Holds a training of trainers’ workshop on controlling Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Libya

@fao rne The training workshop, which is held in Djerba, Tunisia, focuses on Training of 12 Trainers on Epidemiology, Value Chain, Communication, Biosecurity and Communication

August 8, 2016/Libya--The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held a training of trainers (6-12 August) workshop on "Emergency assistance for the control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in poultry and other domestic birds in Libya." The training workshop, which is held in Djerba, Tunisia, focuses on Training of 12 Trainers on Epidemiology, Value Chain, Communication, Biosecurity and Communication. Participants are Heads of the Regional offices of the National Center of Animal Health-Libya, Central Epidemiological Unit and the communication focal point.

"The first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was reported in the Libya in March 2014. The spread of HPAI since its first detection in Libya has been progressive. During 2014-2015, HPAI had negative impact on the farmers and the country's economy and caused death of at least four people since December 2014. A further spread of HPAI in Libya would be an increased risk to public health and livestock sector not only in the country but also in the region."

“ In 2015, more than 10 suspected outbreaks were reported monthly and high mortality rate is observed in some farms in the Eastern Part of Libya. In Tobruk area more than 109 suspected outbreaks were reported with a death of more than 140 000 birds."

"In addition to human cases, the disease has caused significant economic losses to farmers estimated at more than USD 10 million. Due to the lack of qualified human resources and lack of appropriate equipment, these outbreaks were not deeply investigated. The present project aims to assist the Libyan Veterinary Services to stop the spread of HPAI "H5N1" and reduce its negative impact on human health and food security through reinforcement of management capacities of the current health crisis".

The workshop which is headed by Dr. Mohammed Bengoumi, the Lead Technical Officer of the project from the FAO Sub-Regional office in Tunisia is attended by international experts from Europe and Tunisia.

The aim of the training workshop is to :

-          Develop a value chain based approach for the management of the HPAI risks (Value chain analysis for the purposes of management of animal disease risks; Elaboration of the questionnaire; Data collection and analysis…). 

-          Consolidate knowledge on epidemiology of avian influenza (Strengthened capacity in epidemiology; Standardized outbreak investigations in the field and in the markets; Elaborate the questionnaire and sampling strategy.

-          Develop a communication strategy and tools (anticipate and understand the crisis situation, response to expectations of the media, partners and populations, Better organized emergency communication response to bird flu),

-           Improve Biosecurity along the value chain and during investigation of outbreaks.

The target of this training of trainers is to expand locally and reach a target of 300 local vets and technicians.