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European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease
 SEASON´s  GREETINGS
Our 2020
23 Dec.  /  Rome
This year has been very challenging as the Covid19 pandemic impacted on the activities planned within the EuFMD workplan. The ability to transform the difficulties in opportunities allowed the EuFMD to continue delivering the programme with innovative solutions. The first virtual workshop was organized one week after the lockdown in March followed by several events in virtual settings, simulation exercises and roadmap meetings were conducted remotely, the v-learning platform was updated to allow better delivery of virtual training and the establishment of Virtual learning Centres improved the capacity of distant learning tailored to the needs of different regions. The network established in Europe, in the European neighbourhood and beyond, allowed to maintain contact with the field and monitor the FAST situation. The Open Session 2020 focused on Livelihood at risk in a FASTer world has shown the ability to transform an important scientific conference into an even bigger scientific event delivered online with the use of the virtual reality. The digitalization and innovative solutions developed will allow a cost-effective delivery of actions in the future to improve the readiness of Member countries, reduce risk of FAST diseases and sustain FMD global control strategy.
2020 Across our Pillars
Pillar I
INNOVATION
In 2020, the key word for the Pillar I has been innovation. We have implemented online simulation exercises using innovative software to customize scenarios, create injects in the form of videos, audios, e-mails and social media messages, all managed remotely. A large number of new virtual training courses have also been launched this year. The EuFMDiS ( European FMD disease spread model) has been developed further and the EUFMDiS team has worked to train and bring more countries online to use the model for preparedness planning. The Get Prepared wall has an increasing number of components, even leading to an interactive game during the Special Edition of the Open Session 2020.
The new FMD Quarterly Report written in collaboration with the World Reference Laboratory is now available online.
Pillar II
NETWORKING
In 2020, the key word for Pillar II has been networking. Through the REseau MEditerranéen de Santé Animale (REMESA), meetings have been held with the epidemio-surveillance and laboratory networks (REPIVET and RELABSA) to strengthen surveillance for early detection of FAST diseases. We also welcomed participants to virtual workshops on improving surveillance and early detection of FAST diseases in the Middle East and in the South-East European Neighbourhood (SEEN) countries and to meetings on regional cooperation for the prevention and control of FAST diseases. Regional Groups for Vaccination Advice, Guidance and Consultation (GVA) have been established for North Africa, the Middle East and South-East European Neighbourhood supporting efforts on the design and implementation of post-vaccination monitoring and to act as a platform to exchange experience and expertise on vaccination for FAST diseases. The quarterly report for FAST disease events and risk information from the European neighbourhood provides relevant risk information and increased awareness on main disease threats to risk managers in EuFMD Member Nations and neighbouring countries. 
Pillar III
PARTNERSHIPS
In 2020, the key word for Pillar III has been partnerships. Existing collaborations have been strengthened in support of the roll out of the Global Strategy for the Control of FMD, and new key partnerships established. Work with the FMD WRL is leading to increased capacities, guidance to Regional Roadmaps and risk managers and opportunities to improve genomic and epidemiological data sharing and use.
We are particularly pleased about the establishment of two Virtual Learning Centers in partnership with FAO regional offices in Southern Africa, and Asia and the Pacific, which will help transfer the competencies required to organize and deliver online training on FAST disease surveillance and control to regional level.
Just recently, a new partnership has been established with the World Veterinary Association and HealthforAnimals with a three-year project to develop a training program to support veterinary paraprofessionals.
Training
Online Training 
Since January 2020, we have trained more than 5000 people, totalling over 35 000 hours of study. Nineteen virtual learning courses were made available and there are over 15000 people registered on our v-learning site. The progressive implementation of the Training Quality Management System has ensured improved quality and impact of training and the use of social messaging has been reinforced, especially for countries with low bandwidth. 
Take a look at the new training website  and the updated Knowledge Bank.
2020 Highlights
Our Special Edition of the Open Session
Virtual Event
We transformed our Open Session into a virtual event, complete with avatars, interactive games, live and streamed sessions, posters and podsters. Over 1400 people signed up for this conference and all the talks are available online. Participants were able to stroll through a virtual lobby, stop at information desks, play the lesion ageing and the Get Prepared game, while listening to the talks, and summaries of the posters, before interacting in the forum with speakers and colleagues. The conference will have one last session on the 16 February and you are still in time to have a look at the virtual area.
Awareness
Inclusiveness and Bias
2020 has been the year in which inclusiveness has been strongly promoted across our Pillars, workplan and team. We have worked on raising gender awareness and fighting unconscious bias throughout our work programme.
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