Public-Private Partnerships as a means to support the capacities of national Veterinary Services

The roles and responsibilities of national Veterinary Services are continuing to expand, triggered by multiple global trends, including: the increased demand for animal protein, the (re-) emergence of zoonotic pathogens and public health risks such as antimicrobial resistance.
Hindered by the scarcity of resources and capacities within the public or private spheres of Veterinary Services, Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) offer tangible and timely support to address this complex environment and fulfil societal demands.

Paris, 23 May 2017 – Veterinary Services have an unprecedented responsibility to ensure a safer and healthier global community and play a significant role in contributing to the achievement by 2030 of several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). PPPs at national level can leverage the capability of both the public and the private sectors to reach these goals. Examples of sustainable “Win-Win” partnerships are multiple and exist where public and private sectors share common objectives to deliver desired outcomes collectively.

The benefits of PPPs were presented during the Technical Item II of the 85th General Session by Dr Samuel Thevasagayam, Deputy Director for Global Development at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and who also leads its Livestock initiative. He demonstrated, through several successful examples of PPPs in Africa and Asia, their potential to enhance the effectiveness of veterinary service delivery and opportunity to meet the needs of today’s society.

PPPs can, for instance, be an important contributor to the implementation of global programmes in which Veterinary Services have a leading role, such as those addressing the prevention and control of animal diseases (peste des petits ruminants, foot and mouth disease, avian influenza or rabies), in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, or to enforce veterinary legislation.

In this context, Member Countries can benefit from the OIE’s PVS Pathway. This programme, among others, helps create an enabling environment to foster impactful collaborations between private and public sectors and achieve mutual objectives. Above all, the PVS Pathway helps Veterinary Services operate under the tenets of good governance and improve their compliance with OIE standards.

The OIE and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will continue to work together to stimulate OIE Members to identify and establish PPPs, where relevant, to improve the quality and universality of Veterinary Service delivery and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, building a better society for today and tomorrow.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a collaborative approach in which the public and private sector share resources, responsibilities and risks to increase resources, capacities and capabilities and achieve common objectives and mutual benefits in a sustainable manner. ©OIE/I. Zezima

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