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Animal health highlighted at the European Parliament

Exhibition “Protecting human health through better animal health”

 

Sharing health, sharing peace ©Iran Veterinary Organization

At the invitation of the European Parliament, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is organising an exhibition in the hall of the European Parliament in Brussels from 25 to 28 November on the theme “Protecting human health through better animal health”. Using a selection of photos from the five continents, this event will provide an opportunity to highlight the work being done by veterinarians all over the world, and their commitment to safeguarding human health.

Though a series of large format photos, European Union parliamentarians will, from next Monday, be able to discover or rediscover the many different facets of the profession and see how veterinarians are working to improve animal health and in so doing helping to protect human health.

“60% of the pathogens that cause human diseases can be transmitted by domestic or wild animals”, notes Dr Vallat, Director General of the OIE. “In a world of ever increasing movement of people, animals and animal products, it is crucial for the international community to be aware of the interdependence that exists between human health and animal health”. Unfortunately, at present not all countries of the world are equipped with sufficiently effective national Veterinary Services to be able to detect, notify and respond rapidly to animal disease emergencies that could potentially pose a risk to human health.

The OIE, an international intergovernmental organisation with 178 Member Countries, has as its mandate and goal the improvement of animal health and welfare worldwide, regardless of the cultural practices or the economic situations in member countries. In addition to its activities aimed at developing health standards for international trade in animals and animal products, collecting, analysing and disseminating veterinary scientific information, and guaranteeing transparency of the world animal health situation, the OIE has set up support programmes for countries seeking to improve the capacities of their Veterinary Services. These programmes are financed in particular by voluntary contributions received and managed by the OIE World Animal Health and Welfare Fund.

The photos being presented at the exhibition are derived in part from a donation by the Iranian Veterinary Services and in part from a photographic competition organised in collaboration with the European Commission during World Veterinary Year, in 2011.

The opening ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on 25 November 2013 at the exhibition venue, Altiero Spinelli Hall in the European Parliament, 3rd Floor, by the walkway to the PHS building.

For further information on the activities of the OIE, please visit the website at www.oie.int, or contact the Communication Unit at the following address: media@oie.int

The exhibition photos, in the form of a slideshow, are available on request.

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