Under its "Better Training for Safer Food" initiative the Directorate‐General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission (DG SANCO) is organising training workshops and missions for Member States as well as third countries to improve control of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and other animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The European Union (EU) integrated approach to food safety aims to ensure a high level of animal health and welfare. It is imperative that outbreaks of contagious diseases affecting humans and animals are prevented and controlled as early and efficiently as possible. It is also essential that effective mechanisms need to be established to ensure that food produced is safe for consumers. In this context, the project was designed to provide assistance and implement training activities to ensure that officials involved in animal disease control in third countries and countries trading with the European Union (EU) are properly informed and trained to develop efficient strategies for animal disease control and in particular HPAI.
In order to achieve these objectives, the project will deliver two main outputs:
- Three three-day laboratory workshops to be conducted in Europe for third country officials
- Thirteen sustained training and technical assistance missions to third country beneficiaries on outbreak management
The three-day laboratory workshops will take place at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen and will be delivered by internationally recognized experts with highly qualified knowledge and experience. The aims of the workshops are to providing training in state-of-the-art virological and serological methods of diagnosis and other suitable techniques (at an appropriate level of sophistication) so that participants are in a position to fully apply the techniques in their home countries.
The sustained training and technical assistance missions on outbreak management will be delivered in thirteen countries which are:
- Eastern Europe: Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine
- Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal
- Middle East: Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria
The sustained training missions aim to provide the competent authorities in beneficiary countries with tools to develop national and regional measures for the management of HPAI control, FMD control and/or other animal disease control as appropriate.
DS has extensive experience in the design and delivery of capacity building workshops and trainings for government and industry in third countries. Project partner, DIANOVA – DTU is a leading national reference laboratory in animal disease control and specifically for Avian Influenza. The training programme will take place in close collaboration with the competent country authorities and experts of FAO/OIE, World Bank and WHO.