Thailand: United Nations Joint Programme on Integrated Highland Livelihood Development in Mae Hong Son Province

The project (UNTS/THA/033/UNO) is an unique UN programme jointly executed by FAO, UNIDO, UNFPA, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR and WHO. FAO is responsible for management of the project and plays key role in agricultural development. The main activities in the area of livestock development, are to support native chicken raising and develop hygienic chicken slaughtering and chicken meat products processing. These activities contribute to animal protein food security at community level, complementing H.M. The Queen of Thailand's Food Bank Project and School Agriculture for Lunch and Nutrition Projects of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, income generation for small farmers as well as to improved food safety. FAO-RAP closely collaborates with the Provincial Livestock Office under the Department of Livestock Development in organizing trainings on low-cost chicken raising and hygienic chicken slaughtering and chicken meat products processing and in input provision, i.e., chicken houses and native chickens to farmers and equipment and materials to upgrade the existing facilities of the Meat Processing and Training Center in Mae Hong Son.

Responsible Technical Officer: Dr. Vishnu Songkitti

Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam: FMD Control in Southeast Asia through Application of the Progressive Control Pathway

The project (GCP/RAS/283/ROK) seeks to improve the control and management of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) through the application of the Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for FMD in the Southeast Asian sub-regional, specifically in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam. The Progressive Control Pathway is the approach developed by FAO for classifying each country's progress in FMD risk management. In the PCP approach, which is supported and endorsed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there are criteria describing the FMD risk management stage of countries that are not free of FMD. The project will provide direct assistance to countries in support of their activities to move forward through the early stages of the pathway and set the foundation for continued progress to the later stages. It is expected that by the end of the project participating countries will have achieved Stage 2 status of the progressive control pathway for FMD.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Wantanee Kalpravidh (ECTAD RAP)

Alternate: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

Indonesia (Bali): Enhanced Coordination of Control Efforts, Capacity Building, Awareness Raising and Rapid Outbreak Response to Control Rabies in Bali, Indonesia

Rabies is endemic in several parts of Indonesia. Bali had been rabies free until the disease was first confirmed in humans on 23 November 2008 and later in dogs. Up to May 2012, 139 human cases of rabies and 643 rabies cases in dogs have been reported. As Bali had been rabies free, there was a general low level of awareness and knowledge on management and control of the disease, posing a challenge to local government animal and public health services. The control of rabies in Bali targeted control in dogs and case management in humans through collaborative, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary mechanisms (One Health approach). FAO (TCP/INS/3302 (E)) works with national and provincial animal health services to develop a revised strategic plan, better manage national and international partners involved with rabies control in Bali, and facilitate control programme components on vaccination, surveillance, diagnosis, rapid response, community awareness and mobilization, training, monitoring and evaluation, and resource mobilization. A practical One Health approach was used to implement integrated bite case management at the sub-district and district level resulting in more sensitive surveillance, more effective case tracing and management. A significant reduction in both human (71%) and dog rabies cases was seen in 2011 compared to 2010 as a result of the programme.

Lead Technical Officer: Dr. Carolyn Benigno

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