A method for Spatial Qualitative Risk Analysis applied to foot-and-mouth disease
The EuFMD has collaborated with the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD, research unit ASTRE) since 2017, to develop the Spatial Qualitative Risk Analysis (SQRA) pedagogical toolkit. It includes training resources in multiple interactive formats (presentation, guide, exercises, video tutorial) covering the fields of qualitative risk analysis, risk mapping, social network analysis, multicriteria decision analysis, risk-based surveillance and control and performance indicators of surveillance systems. The SQRA toolkit aims to reinforce the capacities of animal health services, to optimize the surveillance and control of transboundary animal diseases.
This toolkit was initially developed to support training sessions targeting the European neighboring countries’ partners (North, West and Central Africa, the Middle East and the South East European neighborhood). Here, Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) is used as a model. However, the methodology has been successfully applied to other diseases, such as Peste des Petits Ruminants, Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, Rift Valley Fever, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
It presents an integrated framework for risk assessors and risk managers wishing to use innovative tools for better surveillance and control of transboundary animal diseases.
The toolkit is available in French and English languages, and is regularly updated.