13th meeting of the OIE Sub-Commission for Foot and Mouth Disease in Southeast Asia (SEAFMD)

12 to 16 March 2007 Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia

The 13 th Meeting of the OIE Sub-Commission for Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign (SEAFMD) in Southeast Asia was successfully held in Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia from 12 to 16 March 2007 .

In his opening speech, Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General, expressed his greatest thanks to the eight member countries of the Southeast Asia Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign (SEAFMD) ( Cambodia , Indonesia , Lao PDR, Malaysia , Myanmar , Philippines , Thailand and Vietnam ) for their unwavering commitment to continue the programme. He said: “the biggest achievement of the SEAFMD Campaign has been the provision to member countries of a common vision and strategy in controlling the disease. The multi-pronged approach used by SEAFMD has been very effective and is now being looked upon as a model by the international scientific community to control FMD and other transboundary animal diseases and zoonoses, such as avian Influenza.”

In an unprecedented commitment, member countries and other participants such as the representatives of the People’s Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, FAO, ASEAN and key donors (Australia, New Zealand, the European Commission, France) endorsed the “SEAFMD Roadmap 2020” that provides strategic direction to achieve FMD freedom with vaccination in Southeast Asia by the set date of 2020. The commission agreed on actively raising national and international funds in order to attain this goal.

Other actions included the presentation of progress reports of the SEAFMD Campaign at regional and national level, updates on the status of FMD in Southeast Asia , results of sero-epidemiological studies conducted and approval of recommendations to further improve FMD control strategies.

Also, a special meeting on Avian Influenza and Governance of Veterinary Services was held on the last day of the meeting. Participants strongly voiced their support to the OIE’s global capacity building efforts and its veterinary services evaluation tool named Performance, Vision and Strategy (PVS). They encouraged more PVS missions for the improvement of national veterinary services worldwide and in the region as a pre-requisite to accelerate the eradication of FMD and avian influenza.