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The “Global Framework – Transboundary Animal Diseases”

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The “Global Program – Transboundary Animal Diseases” (GF-TADs) is a joint initiative of the OIE and FAO that combines the strength of both organizations in the fight against the most significant transboundary animal diseases around the world. The initiative was signed between both organizations on May 24, 2004 in Paris, France. The GF-TADs is implemented regionally by five Regional Steering Committees (Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East).
The OIE Regional Representation in Buenos Aires is in charge of the administration of the Permanent Secretariat of this Committee for the Americas. In the Americas, the first Regional Steering Committee Meeting was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) from April 14 to 15, 2005. The Agreement Terms of Reference of the Agreement was adopted by the Americas at the 2005 meeting, and modified at during the GFTADs meeting held in Quito, Ecuador, in 2015.

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Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transborder Diseases of Animals (GF-TADs)

Historical perspective

Probably, more than at any other time in history, the presence or absence of animal and zoonotic diseases plays a crucial role in determining the future economic growth of the countries of the American continent. In this era of globalization, the sanitary status of a country exceeds the existence of diseases at the level of livestock establishments and affects the viability of other sectors, including public health, competitiveness, tourism and the environment.

Vision and strategic lines of action of the GF-TADs initiative

The GF-TADs initiative addresses this challenge from a regional and hemispheric perspective. It recognizes that the transmission of diseases occurs independently of established national boundaries.

The vision is to help countries in the control of diseases by strengthening their Veterinary Services.

The initiative has six strategic lines of action:

  1. Establish a regional strategy to prevent, control and / or eradicate transboundary animal diseases including zoonoses, using, among other tools, coordinated action with existing Regional and International Organizations.
  2. Increase awareness of the role of national Veterinary Services. This means reaching the decision levels and convincingly demonstrating, better than in the past, how the effectiveness of the national Veterinary Service facilitates or limits trade, growth, economic prosperity and trust between countries.
  3. Establish a shared commitment of national Veterinary Services with all stakeholders. This commitment is related to a joint work of epidemiological surveillance, transparency in health notification to achieve an adequate level of protection of animal and public health to achieve a secure trade.
  4. Improve the capacity of the Veterinary Services. This includes, among others, making improvements and investments in human resources, technical training, sources of financing, stability of policies and programs, funds for contingencies, technical independence, improving fundamental competencies in the updating of national legislations, diagnostic capacity, the response to emergencies, quarantine, inspection, emerging issues, risk analysis and technical innovation.
  5. Strengthen interaction with the private sector. This includes making improvements in decisive areas such as, among others, communication, information, official representation, accreditation and responsiveness to new opportunities and challenges.
  6. Ensure adequate application and use of international standards for a secure trade based on scientific knowledge, reducing the spread of potential pathogens is possible with the application of concepts such as regionalization / zoning, compartmentalization and trade of products based in the irrigations.

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