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FAST Simulation Exercise - Bulgaria

FAST* Simulation exercise will be held next week in Bulgaria, as part of EuFMD's support to improve emergency preparedness for FAST diseases in South-Eastern European countries. The exercise aims to increase awareness about FAST diseases in an interdisciplinary approach. This tabletop simex should strengthen the relationship between the veterinary and public health sector, establishing communication channels that can be implemented during an outbreak of a FAST disease. We will be working with 39 participants from the Bulgarian veterinary services responsible for crisis response and management at central, regional, and local level. 

Fast*: FMD And Similar Transboundary animal diseases

Call for Proposals

We have launched our 9th call for proposals for the EuFMD Fund for Applied Research (FAR). The EuFMD FAR aims at supporting small and applied research projects to improve surveillance, risk analysis or reduction, and preparedness for FAST. The themes are identified by the EuFMD Standing Technical Committee, and the Special Committee on Surveillance and Applied Research as key research gaps to be addressed. For this call, three research themes have been identified: Define guidance criteria for implementing emergency vaccination against FAST diseases in disease-free countries; Policy support tools for socioeconomic analysis of FAST control strategies considering biosecurity-based business continuity; ​Operational optimization of environmental sampling. More details hereThe deadline to apply is 30 April 2021.

Risk-Based Strategic Plan

Our new online, open-access course will be available from the 30 March, on the vlearning siteThe Introduction to Risk-Based Strategic Plan (RBSP) course is made up by six modules that should assist FMD endemic countries to progress on the PCP-FMD. The FAO, OIE and EuFMD FMD Working Group have contributed at a technical level, under the GF-TADs umbrella. This course is also part of the PCP-FMD Support Officer (PSO) training project, in combination with other virtual courses. For a country to progress to PCP-FMD Stage Two, the Veterinary Services must develop an RBSP that describes how the country intends to reduce the impact of FMD in at least one husbandry sector. The RBSP applies the outputs and knowledge gained through the implementation of the activities in PCP-FMD Stage One. An RBSP template has been developed by the GF-TADs FMD Working Group.

If you missed these meetings...or want to watch them again
GFRA / EuFMD // The control of FMD in America from risk analysis to vaccine banks 
GFRA / OIE / FAO / EuFMD // Vaccination against FMD - Principles and practise 
Success stories in Public Private Partnership
Last day of the Open Session // Livelihoods @ risk in a FASTer world


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