Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
What is the challenge?
During both animal and human disease outbreaks, field epidemiologists (‘disease detectives’) are needed to help identify the source, trace and predict the spread and plan the best response. But there are insufficient field epidemiologists in many developing countries including in the Indo-Pacific region. There is also a lack of trained experts to help these countries implement their animal health plans.
How will we address the challenge?
ASEAN Countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
What will success look like?
ASEAN countries will have assessed their veterinary epidemiology capacity and needs and be running improved veterinary field epidemiology programs. They will also be benefitting from national and regional networks of trained veterinary field epidemiologists that are better able to assist implementation of animal health plans.