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International collaboration

OIE/FAO global network of expertise on animal influenza (OFFLU):

OFFLU is the OIE/FAO global network of expertise on animal influenza working to reduce the negative impacts of animal influenza viruses by promoting effective collaboration between animal health experts and the human health sector. Originally launched in April 2005 to support avian influenza, OFFLU was expanded in 2009 to include all animal influenza and to further support to Veterinary Services in their efforts to reduce risks to animals and the public from animal influenza viruses.

The objectives of OFFLU are to:

  • exchange scientific data and biological materials (including virus strains) within the network, and to share such information with the wider scientific community.
  • offer technical advice and veterinary expertise to Member Countries to assist in the prevention, diagnosis, surveillance and control of avian influenza.
  • collaborate with the WHO to contribute to the early preparation of human vaccines
  • highlight avian influenza research needs, promote their development and ensure co-ordination.

FAO/OIE/WHO Tripartite collaboration

The worldwide spread of H5N1 avian influenza at the beginning of the 2000s, with its host of economic and health consequences, intensified the joint work of the FAO, OIE and WHO. Since then, the three organisations regularly exchange follow-up information on the global animal influenza situation, as one of their 3 priority topics.

Avian influenza "at a glance"     What is avian influenza?     Latest updates on avian influenza    
Prevention and control
    International collaboration & OFFLU network     Media resources