Australia-OIE One Health Partnership

Improving animal health systems

The Indo-Pacific region’s health security system, or its ability to avoid and contain infectious disease threats with the potential to cause social and economic harms on a national, regional or global scale, has many weaknesses in both human and animal health.

In the last 20 years approximately two-thirds of all new or re-occurring infectious diseases affecting people have originally come from animals. These types of diseases are called zoonoses. The animal health system has far less human and financial investment and is therefore weaker. Accordingly, it is imperative that we if we want to improve the whole health security system in the region we also work on improving the animal health system.

How will we address these challenges?

By working with the organisation responsible for setting international standards for animal health, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The OIE has a program for independently assessing and providing targeted support to countries’ animal health systems called the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway Cycle. This program has been running worldwide for over 10 years and has undergone a major update in the last two years.

National governments can request PVS assessments or any number of the targeted support packages if they have already had a recent PVS assessment. Targeted support can include a costed analysis of how to strength system weaknesses, support to revise animal health legislation and mentoring partnerships between a developing and a developed country’s animal health laboratories.

The Centre’s Australia-OIE One Health Partnership will have a focus on delivering National Bridging Workshops. These are a joint effort by the OIE and World Health Organisation (WHO) to bring human and animal health counterparts together to identify priority areas where they can work together to improve the national health security system. This can be in areas such as surveillance, diagnostics, information sharing and emergency disease response, particularly for zoonotic diseases such as bird flu and rabies but also for antimicrobial resistance.

Where:

Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, PNG, Pacific Island Countries, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Partner:

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) - $4.2 million 2019-2022.

What will success look like? 

Eligible countries in our region will have strengthened their animal health systems and where possible be implementing new joint activities by human and animal health counterparts to strengthen their cooperation and health security system.