Post-ISVEE Workshop:

Regional animal health surveillance – innovations and best practice

This three-day workshop will provide fresh, exciting and inspiring ideas about how regional animal health can be strengthened in a pragmatic and sustainable way.

When: 17-19 November 2018 – a Post-Symposium Workshop at ISVEE 15
Where: Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
Facilitators: Jonathan Happold, Ben Madin and others from Ausvet, as well as Ronello Abila (OIE Regional office, Bangkok) and a representative from Indonesia’s iSIKHNAS Team.
Cost: 600 USD
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Animal health surveillance at the regional level is an essential component of health security, food security and trade. It is critical for the early detection and coordinated response to disease outbreaks, and it underpins safe international trade in animals and animal products and yet…accurate, timely and suitably detailed information about disease occurrence is seldom available at the regional level. The reasons for this are complex: they include poorly functioning surveillance systems at the local and national level and a lack of integration of surveillance data from multiple sources. Often, the potential benefits of surveillance at the regional level are not felt by the people who provide and use data at the local level.

During the workshop

We will identify the needs for surveillance information at various levels (from local to regional) and current constraints to disease reporting, data management and information use. In addition to economic, epidemiological and policy perspectives on animal health surveillance, we will explore new opportunities provided by technology and a greater understanding of what motivates people to participate in disease surveillance. Principles and ‘best practice’ will be demonstrated with real-world examples.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have a good understanding of the:
– principles of animal health information management
– motivations and barriers to sharing information for early warning and disease control at the regional level
– opportunities offered by recent advances in technology
– sociology of surveillance and keys to building a sustainable national system
– opportunities for regional data sharing
– relationships between national, regional and global animal health information systems.

Workshop schedule

Day 1
– Sustainable national animal health information systems
– Demonstration of a fully integrated, user-focused national system
– Lessons learned from the iSIKHNAS experience in Indonesia
– The ideal national animal health information system
Day 2
– Regional information systems—purpose and requirements
– History of regional information systems—what works and what doesn’t?
– A global animal health information system—WAHIS+
Day 3
– Integrating national, regional and global information systems
– Opportunities to improve animal health information sharing

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