Programme Against African Trypanosomosis (PAAT)

Parasite control in livestock for enhanced food security: Expert consultation on the sustainable management of parasites in livestock challenged by the global emergence of resistance

Virtual.

09/11/2021 10/11/2021

Parasites and parasitic diseases negatively affect the health and welfare of domestic animals, and they pose a heavy burden on communities that rely on livestock for their livelihood. The management and control of parasites often hinges on the use of chemicals and drugs, such as the acaricides used against ticks and the trypanocides used against tsetse-transmitted trypanosomosis in Africa. However, resistance to many of the compounds currently in use is spreading, thus making parasite management and control increasingly challenging.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the other tripartite organizations, i.e. the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Health Organiztion (WHO), has been active for years in the fight against the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector, aquaculture and crop production. Presently, FAO is also endeavouring to step up its activities against parasite resistance in livestock. In this framework, the FAO teams working on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and the Programme against African Trypanosomosis (PAAT) organized a virtual expert consultation on the sustainable management of parasites in livestock challenged by the global emergence of resistance. The consultation will be held on 9 - 10 November 2021, and it will focus on acaricide resistance and trypanocidal drug resistance. Participants will discuss various aspects of the problem, including the mechanisms of resistance, drivers, detection, surveillance, management and control. Experts from different institutions will be involved, incluiding international organizations, research and academic establishments, veterinary authorties from endemic countries, private sector and resoure partners.

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