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OS20

Livelihoods @ risk in a FASTer world

SPECIAL EDITION. Virtual event

European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

In recent years, Foot-and-mouth And Similar Transboundary animal diseases (FAST) have made frequent and unprecedented inter-continental and inter-regional incursions that have not always been contained. This has affected the livelihoods of millions of livestock keepers and placed new demands on those working in public and private delivery of animal health services.

How have the approaches and tools adapted to these events? What is being done to better forecast FAST disease spread, to target surveillance and control measures, and to communicate risks? How can livestock business and livelihoods be protected - and maintained, at every level, in regions coping with persistence of FAST diseases, or frequent re-introductions? How can we better integrate this intelligence into national, regional and even farm-level biosecurity and risk mitigation actions, given the economic climate and environmental drivers for movements of animals and animal products from regions affected by FAST diseases?

 

This year, we have decided to organize a OS20 Special Edition that will be conducted in virtual format in December 2020. It will also be the chance to mark the foundation of the Commission whose constitution was approved on the 11th December 1953 with the first countries joining the Commission during the following weeks.

The OS20 will be organized in virtual sessions focused on animal mobility for FAST risk mapping, addressing risk change and forecast,  vaccine security and critical resources for emergency management,  and resilience to long-term FAST crises. The focus will remain on FMD,  but similar TADs will be also considered ((so called FAST diseases: Foot and Mouth Disease, Peste des Petits Ruminants, Sheep and Goat Pox, Lumpy Skin Disease, Rift Valley Fever, Bovine Ephemeral Fever). Furthermore, there is so much to learn from COVID for FAST disease management - and from each other, on how to work efficiently without travel and on biosecurity and behaviour change - that is relevant to discuss. For each session, keynote presentations and short pre-recorded interventions will be proposed. A space for e-posters will be available.

 

Following the open session, workshops will be also organized in January to reflect, discuss and work on the conference outcomes and a final closure day will be organized to share the conclusions of the OS20.

Register your interest now to keep in touch and propose your abstracts for pre-recorded presentations or e-posters.

We look forward to meet virtually in December!

 

 

The EuFMD Standing Technical Committee

European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

FAST workplan 2020-2023

Foot-and-mouth And Similar Transboundary animal diseases

 

The OS20  |  Open Session  is coordinated by the members of the EuFMD Standing Technical Committee.

Dr Stephan Zientara

Chairperson

France

Dr Germán Cáceres Garrido

Spain

Dr Giancarlo Ferrari

Italy

Dr Sten Mortensen

Denmark

Prof Katharina Staerk

Switzerland

Prof James Wood

United Kingdom

 

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Timeline

10 August

20 October

9 November

8 Dec

10 Dec

15 Dec

17 Dec

16 February 2021

  • Registration opens

  • Send your abstract

  • Abstract submission  closes

  • Confirmation of abstract / presentation

  • Session I

  • Session II

  • Session III

  • Session IV

  • Conclusions

 
Posters
ABSTRACTS
short presentations & e-posters
The submission of abstracts not specifically related to the themes of the four live sessions
is very welcome as the e-poster format will allow the authors to present papers and results of their studies.
 

Agenda

Virtual Team Meeting
WORKSHOPS
Following the open sessions, workshops will be also organized
to reflect, discuss and work on the conference outcomes .

SESSION I  :  MEASURING ANIMAL MOVEMENTS AND DRIVERS FOR FAST RISK MAPPING

Prof.  James Wood (Chair)

8 DEC

Aim: to scrutinize how animal mobility drivers and network analysis can contribute to risk mapping for FAST diseases and how animal movement changes and related risks can be monitored and forecasted.

Main issues:

  • What tools and methodologies can be used for investigating dynamics of animal mobility and understanding driving factors, including socio economic aspects for risk mapping?

  • How and where the disruption in the production and the price variations affect the animal mobility with changes in movement patterns?

  • How movement pattern changes can be regularly monitored and forecasted and when they influence the spread of animal diseases?

  • How predictive are the movements of animals for FAST disease incursions and spread?

  • What type of training methodologies and partnerships to improve skills and tools to collect and analyse risk information such as animal movements and market prices can be implemented for wider delivery and impact.

SESSION II  :   FROM RISK TO ACTIONS, MAKE THEM HAPPEN.

Prof.  Katharina Staerk (Chair)

10 DEC

Aim: to consider how improved surveillance, control and prevention measures well address properly risk changes and forecast

Main issues:

  • What are the main challenges for conducting regular risk assessment, what are the real-time datasets available, how all inputs data can be used into an overall risk estimate and how models results are validated?

  • How dynamics of risk can be mitigated by targeted and timely prevention and control measures and what are the difficulties for rapid response to risk change?

  • How cost-benefit analysis can assist risk managers in the prioritization of actions according to risk?

  • How risk communication can advocate for improved surveillance, prevention and control in the digital era?

SESSION III  :   VACCINE SECURITY AND CRITICAL RESOURCES FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

Dr.  Sten Mortensen (Chair)

15 DEC

Aim: to compare national and regional approaches to ensure sufficient critical resources in FAST crises, including quality vaccines and diagnostics, to ensure proper response during multi-country epidemics.

Main issues:

  • What are the main challenges for conducting regular risk assessment, what are the real-time datasets available, how all inputs data can be used into an overall risk estimate and how models results are validated?

  • How dynamics of risk can be mitigated by targeted and timely prevention and control measures and what are the difficulties for rapid response to risk change?

  • How cost-benefit analysis can assist risk managers in the prioritization of actions according to risk?

  • How risk communication can advocate for improved surveillance, prevention and control in the digital era?

SESSION IV  :  RESILIENCE TO LONG TERM FAST CRISES. THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS AND PLANNING TO HELP ENSURE ANIMAL WELFARE, SUPPLY CHAIN AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY IN PROLONGED EMERGENCY RESPONSES.

Dr. Germán Cáceres Garrido (Chair)

17 DEC

Aim: to consider how control strategies and policies and preparedness planning could ensure greater resilience of businesses and support services in the livestock sector in the event of a prolonged disease emergency situation, comparing approaches to the problem in Europe and other normally FMD free regions.

Main issues:

  • Why and when do disease incursions affect animal welfare, food supply chains and business continuity?

  • What type of policy or strategies could better safeguard livestock farming and food chains during an animal health emergency response?

  • What could be the role of compartimentalization to maintain business and food supply in a crisis, and what are the challenges to implement?

  • Maintaining business continuity in a crisis: comparing international experience and policies

  • Farm level biosecurity categorisations: how could these assist?

  • Sociological and psychological resilience in protracted crises

  • Maintaining animal welfare in prolonged emergencies

 CONCLUSIONS.  

16  FEBRUARY 2021

 
 

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